Reviews

Benedict Sheehan: Vespers

AllMusic

There is a synergy between Sheehan and the singers of the kind that often comes with a sense of shared mission, and best of all is the sound from the Cappella Romana label… rich, clear, and multi-layered.
Benedict Sheehan: Vespers

Cinemusical

Sheehan’s Vespers is a beautiful work performed here by committed choristers bringing a sense of religious adoration that transports the listener.
Hymns of Kassianí

CD HotList

The performances were recorded in the wonderfully reverberant acoustic of the Madeleine Parish in Portland, Oregon, creating the perfect sonic atmosphere for this powerful and mystical music.
Hymns of Kassianí

HRAudio.net

The full mystic weight invades your spirit like being back in the Eastern Orthodox time. Proof of Cappella Romana’s authenticity? For me, no doubt.
Benedict Sheehan: Vespers

Blog Critics

Benedict Sheehan: Vespers is a rich treat for the ear and for the mind. I can’t recommend it highly enough for anyone with a love of choral music or an interest in liturgical music.
Hymns of Kassianí

Early Music America

melodies ebb and flow over a drone, the lines marked by subtle vocal shakes and scoops that give the music its distinctive sound.
Hymns of Kassianí

American Record Guide

This is one of the most significant recordings of medieval music to appear recently. I hope it will open both ears and minds to Kassia’s richly imaginative musical voice.
Hymns of Kassianí

Choir and Organ

“ celebrated with hugely impressive, authoritative scholarship and performance practice, sonorously glorious vocal colour, and pride by the male and female voices of Cappella Romana”
Benedict Sheehan: Vespers

Gappelegate Classics-Modern Music Review

“If you like Eastern Orthodox liturgical vocals you will find this a nice addition. Or even if you do not! Recommended.” —Grego Applegate Edwards
Hymns of Kassianí

InfoDad

Under the sensitive and knowing direction of Alexander Lingas, the members of Cappella Romana present…this revelatory SACD
Hymns of Kassianí

TheaterByte

Hymns of Kassiani represents another recording triumph for the Cappella Records label. … Highest recommendation.
Hymns of Kassianí

Planet Hugill

“The music moves between the solid chant to more florid, flowing sections, the result is imaginative and I find it immensely appealing. … the performances are seductively intriguing
Hymns of Kassianí

Audiophile Audition

Cappella Romana continues to turn out sensational recordings that are state-of-the-art in sound quality. … This is a landmark recording that will still retain its importance for many years to come.
Hymns of Kassianí

Classical-Modern Music Review

excellent, state-of-the-art performances… It is ravishing, invariably, and quite refreshing if you are not familiar. Either way this one is a milestone.
Hymns of Kassianí

ConcertoNet

this album provides a new tool not only for self-examination but for indulgence in the rich sensual heritage of Byzantine singing. Kassianí’s songs demand to be heard, and we are enriched by listening to them, especially in this authentic and deeply expressive collection.
Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia: Medieval Byzantine Chant

Cinemusical

Certainly an important release for those who appreciate early music and a must have for those teaching Medieval period music. … Highly Recommended!
Hymns of Kassianí

Cinemusical

The music is rather striking… The performances transport the listener back in time to experience this music in stunning sound. … Highly Recommended!
Hymns of Kassianí

BlogCritics

If you turn it up and close your eyes you feel like you’re in a vast church or cathedral… sit back and listen, and let Cappella Romana’s superb singers transport you
Hymns of Kassianí

WTJU

Cappella Romana are specialists in Byzantine chant, and this album is a stunner. … Hearing this recording in surround made me feel like I was standing in the Hagia [Sophia] when these hymns were new. I am so looking forward to the next installment.”
Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia: Medieval Byzantine Chant

Choir and Organ

an extraordinary feat… impeccably researched and unimpeachably convincing. … No chant enthusiast should be without it.