Venice in the East: Renaissance Crete & Cyprus


Album Details

EAN/UPC: 746839858947
Catalog No: CR-419
Release Date: August 30, 2019
Liner Notes

This profoundly moving and powerful music bears witness to how ancient Greek and Latin liturgical traditions were richly embellished during the Renaissance on the islands of Crete and Cyprus, all within the shared cultural space of Venetian rule. First performed by Cappella Romana at the Early Music Festival in Utrecht (Netherlands).

    From the Byzantine and Venetian Commemorations of the Paschal Triduum

    The Crucifixion and Deposition

  1. Venite et ploremus
    Johannes de Quadris
    soloists: Aaron Cain, Mark Powell
    Liber sacerdotalis (1523) of Alberto Castellani
  2. Popule meus
    soloist: Kerry McCarthy
    Liber sacerdotalis
  3. Sticherón for the Holy Passion: Ἤδη βάπτεται (“Already the pen”)
    2-voice setting (melos and “ison”)
    Manuel Gazēs the Lampadarios (15th c.)
    MS Duke, K. W. Clark 45
    soloists: Spyridon Antonopoulos, John Michael Boyer
  4. Traditional Melody of the Sticherarion — Mode Plagal 4

  5. Cum autem venissent ad locum
    de Quadris
    Liber sacerdotalis
    soloists: Aaron Cain, Mark Powell
  6. O dulcissime
    de Quadris
    Liber sacerdotalis
    soloists: Photini Downie Robinson, Kerry McCarthy
  7. Verses of Lamentation for the Holy Passion (Ed. A. Gregoriou)
    MS Duke 34, Mode Plagal 2
  8. Sepulto Domino
    de Quadris
    Liber sacerdotalis
    soloists: Spyridon Antonopoulos, Aaron Cain, Mark Powell
  9. The Resurrection

  10. Attollite portas (“Lift up your gates”)
    Liber sacerdotalis
    celebrant: Mark Powell
  11. Ἄρατε πύλας (“Lift up your gates”)
    Anon. Cypriot (late 15th c.?), MS Sinai Gr. 1313
  12. Attollite portas … Quem queritis …
    Liber sacerdotalis
  13. Χριστὸς ἀνέστη (“Christ has risen”)
    Cretan Melody as transcribed by Ioannis Plousiadenós (ca. 1429–1500), MS Dionysiou 570
  14. Venetian Paschal Greeting: Surrexit Christus!
    Liber sacerdotalis
    celebrant: Mark Powell
  15. Χριστὸς ἀνέστη
    Cantus grecus Christus surrexit, MS Faenza 117
  16. New Greek Chants of the Eucharist

  17. Gloria in excelsis, sung in Grek
    Gazēs and Plousiadenós, Mode 1
  18. The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, sung in Greek
    The “New” Cantors of Crete, MS Sinai 1552, Mode Plagal 4
  19. Communion Verse for Easter: Σῶμα Χριστοῦ μεταλάβετε (“Receive the Body of Christ”)
    Ioannis Laskaris (15th c.), Mode Plagal 2 “Nenano”
  20. Communion Verse: Ὁ ἑωρακὼς ἐμέ (“One who has seen me”), John 14:9
    An Old [Cretan] Melody Embellished by Hieronymos Tragodistēs of Cyprus (16th c.)
    MS Sinai Gr. 1313, Mode Plagal 4
  21. Byzantine Hymns to the Mother of God

  22. A Tropárion from the 9th Ode of the Paschal Canon by St. John of Damascus: Ὢ Πάσχα τὸ μέγα (“O Great Pascha”)
    In polyphony
    Hieronymos Tragodistēs
  23. Káthisma Theotokion “as sung on the Holy Mountain”
    Angelos Gregoriou, MS Dionysiou 570, Mode Plagal 4
  24. Kalophonic Theotokíon for Cardinal Bessarion
    soloists: Spyridon Antonopoulos, John Michael Boyer