Reviews

Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week

New York Times

‘Passion Week’…is on a scale with the great sacred works of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, though in a slightly more advanced idiom, and is quite simply beautiful.
Good Friday in Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Holy Sepulchre

Choir & Organ Magazine

an austere, inexorable, mesmerising Crucifixion liturgy told in the 8th-and-9th-century Byzantine chant that once resounded within Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, leading the listener through Christ's final earthly journey
Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week

AllMusic

Recommended, with something of a lost treasure of Russian choral music
Good Friday in Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Holy Sepulchre

Gramophone

it is hard not feel that the work this group is doing is not only presenting music that has a veneer of inaccessibility in a way that releases its particular beauty but also allowing it to bloom and continue to evolve
Good Friday in Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Holy Sepulchre

MusicWeb International

Listening to this CD especially during this Holy Week (2015) has brought it all back and the helpful diagram of the basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in the booklet reminds me of the astounding church which dominates the area.
Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week

ClassicalNet

there is much to savor in the beautiful harmonies and soaring melodies. Cappella Romana does this sort of thing better than anyone, and there is literally nothing to criticize from a technical standpoint.
Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week

MusicWeb International

Passion Week is one of the finest and most moving Orthodox settings that I’ve encountered and I’ve been excited by getting to know it. It’s particularly pleasing that this music should receive its first recording from such a fine choir: Cappella Romana have done Steinberg proud.
Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It’s all beautifully sung by Cappella Romana, a Portland, Ore.-based professional choir. It provides a satisfying musical tour of the conclusion of the season of Lent
Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week

Audiophile Audition

Once again Alexander Lingas and his intrepid crew provide sterling and gorgeously recorded music in exacting and beautifully defined performances
Good Friday in Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Holy Sepulchre

AllMusic

It takes a good deal of scholarly effort to reconstruct a program like this from manuscripts in various places (some are Armenian) and at various levels of notational detail. The result, though, is spectacular
Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week

Orthodox Arts Journal

Every so often a record comes along that changes the landscape of choral music… Such a beautiful work deserves the attention of the world. However, if it is going to capture the world’s attention it needs a vehicle, and I will be surprised if anyone can offer a better one than Cappella Romana’s new record anytime soon
Good Friday in Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Holy Sepulchre

Oregon Arts Watch

Good Friday in Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Holy Sepulchre

Almost Rational

Cappella Romana’s Good Friday in Jerusalem is a superb example of just how lovely this music can be. … Definitely worth a listen. Personally, I want to see them get their Grammy! Check it out.
Good Friday in Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Holy Sepulchre

The Oregonian

The feeling is profound, devotional and powerful in its simplicity, reflecting the pathos of Good Friday
Good Friday in Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Holy Sepulchre

Orthodox Arts Journal

Good Friday in Jerusalem is no exception to the level of quality that audiences have come to expect from Cappella Romana’s recordings; the singing on the disc is at once rich, incisive, alive, and achingly beautiful
Good Friday in Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Holy Sepulchre

Audiophile Audition

what strikes me the most is the superb tonal quality of the group, rich, full, and velvety smooth… This disc is, simply, irresistible.
A Time for Life by Robert Kyr

MusicWeb International

There can be no questioning Kyr’s skill as a composer. Just listen to the first five minutes, as singers enter one-by-one — there are only eight — to the accompaniment of a single solitary cello… Speaking of the choir, the Cappella Romana here demonstrates why it has a devoted fan-base in the Pacific Northwest and, via records, across the globe. There is not a weak link or uninteresting voice among these eight singers
A Time for Life by Robert Kyr

Oregon ArtsWatch

For music to come across like this, composers and performers need each other, and Cappella Romana’s performance was masterly. Balance and blend were top-notch at all times.
Divine Liturgy: Tikey Zes

Classical Net

this new look at The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is nothing short of ravishing. … We are very fortunate to have a choir like Cappella Romana to share this with us; the world is a better place as a result.
A Time for Life by Robert Kyr

Classical Net

great religious music, really great religious music, touches us all through beauty, musical thought, and sincerity of purpose. Therefore, this project is not only a major statement of ecumenical ideals, but also a major musical statement.