Reviews

Frank La Rocca: Requiem for the Forgotten; Messe des Malades

CD HotList

the music is dense and rich but always bows to the lyrical messages of charity and devotion...the singing by the Benedict XVI Choir is consistently outstanding.
Hymns of Kassianí

The American Organist

All who are steeped in the Orthodox tradition will cherish this recording...substantial, descriptive, and satisfying music of pure vocal essence.
Arvo Pärt: Odes of Repentance

Fanfare

...Pärt is an especially agreeable contemporary composer for the Byzantine liturgy, and that brings a high recommendation to this new issue.
a byzantine emperor at king henry's court

The American Organist

...an amazing musical smorgasbord...a remarkable feat in achieving idiomatic-sounding portrayals of both. As we have come to expect from Cappella Romana, the singing is technically polished; the shining tone and precise intonation make for exciting listening.
Daniel Knaggs: Two Streams

The American Organist

Knaggs’s score is a welcome addition to the choral repertory, and this recording is worthy of repeated listening. It is highly recommended.
Arvo Pärt: Odes of Repentance

The WholeNote

Cappella Romana is an ideal match for Pärt’s sacred music.
Daniel Knaggs: Two Streams

Fanfare

 I hear tonal music of considerable beauty, executed to a high degree of excellence. Simpson has given the work a sympathetic hearing and executed a performance of considerable power and beauty.
Frank La Rocca: Requiem for the Forgotten; Messe des Malades

InfoDad

Messe des Malades is gently expressive and uplifting...and the massed choral portions have a sincerity and warmth that give the words a sense of timelessness in keeping with their original intent...
Frank La Rocca: Requiem for the Forgotten; Messe des Malades

The Classical Music Sentinel

...this setting of the Requiem stirs the soul. With richly harmonic and textured singing by the choir and soloists set over minimal instrumental lines, not only does the music evoke the proper sentiments, but it does so without artifice. The Benedict XVI Choir is perfectly suited for this type of music. Their seamless tonal blend, combined with simple yet genuine delivery, directs your focus on the essence of the music.
Arvo Pärt: Odes of Repentance

CD HotList

This recording was made in a space that frames Cappella Romana’s voices perfectly for this music...
Daniel Knaggs: Two Streams

Choir & Organ

"...communicated superbly by professional choir...viscerally vivid soloists...rich strata of string colour from Kinetic. Knaggs embraces many historical influences, powerfully and unapologetically evident in an instantly relatable work...A classic for our time, perhaps?"
Daniel Knaggs: Two Streams

American Record Guide

“a tapestry of sound that is beautifully crafted… The soloists, orchestra, and choir are all superb and give musical and committed performances
Arvo Pärt: Odes of Repentance

AllMusic

“Cappella Romana is an ideal match for Pärt's music.… This is a major Pärt recording that does not sound like any of the many others on the market.”
Arvo Pärt: Odes of Repentance

Choir & Organ

“here is pure Pärt. his sublime, distilled simplicity requiring and receiving total technical and emotional commitment.”
Arvo Pärt: Odes of Repentance

InfoDad

“saying that the Cappella Romana presentation of Pärt’s Odes of Repentance seems an ideal merger of composer and performers borders on cliché – which does not make the assertion any less true”
Arvo Pärt: Odes of Repentance

OperaWire

“distinct from others of Pärt’s music”
Arvo Pärt: Odes of Repentance

Classical-Modern Music

“a moving litany of rarified and heightened choral expression… perfection in…each of these beautiful works”
Arvo Pärt: Odes of Repentance

ConcertoNet

12 spellbinding tracks which give voice to the human yearning to be cleansed… the stars, the galaxies, all the wonders of a distant universe seem to touch us through the medium of sound.… this is an album of supreme artistry to cherish, heed, and enjoy.
a byzantine emperor at king henry's court

Fanfare

Fans of medieval liturgical music should snap this up without delay; strongly recommended.
Heaven and Earth

Classical-Modern Music Review

It all is breathtaking. In its realization of the spiritual connection between voice and light for both works, we get a music of illumination and shining forth, very primary with its droning and melodic-harmonic denseness. If you know Western Organum, this is the Eastern complement historically and a delight to experience.