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    WASHINGTON POST Saturday, December 2, 2006 Music Cappella Romana St. Catherine s Monastery in Egypt s Sinai Peninsula has been around since the mid-6th century
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      WASHINGTON POST
      Saturday, December 2, 2006

      Music

      Cappella Romana

      St. Catherine's Monastery in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has been around since
      the mid-6th century and is now a repository of some of the earliest extant
      notated scores of Byzantine chant. Alexander Lingas and his Cappella Romana brought
      an evening of this robust and intriguing music to the Freer's Meyer
      Auditorium on Thursday. They chose portions of a vesper service that would have been
      sung for a 14th-century feast day of Saint Catherine and excerpts of an Advent
      liturgical drama, all sung in Greek and all in a subtly ornamented and barely
      inflected idiom that seemed both solemn and ceremonious.

      This is music whose texts are paramount. There is melody and sometimes a
      solid underpinning of bass pedal point -- but, as with Western chant, nothing to
      distract from the words or blur their clarity. But where Western chant moves
      fluidly and outlines the shape of the text, this performance offered squarely
      cut lines, the ornamental fluttering at the ends of notes barely softening their
      sharp edges. The seven men of the ensemble blended marvelously but seemed to
      make a conscious effort to preserve some of the roughness that characterizes
      "authentic" performances of folk hymns.

      Cappella Romana is headquartered in the Northwest and includes in its
      specialties both early and contemporary music. Its encore, a short contemporary
      Byzantine hymn, was a more richly colored and softly shaped descendant of what had
      come before.





      -- Joan Reinthaler










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