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Program: #07-44, Air Date: 10/22/07

Founded in 548, this incomparable treasure nestled on Mount Sinai has not only the greatest collection of ancient icons that survived the ravages of the iconoclasts, it has a powerful and haunting musical tradition performed by the Capella in this exclusive concert

NOTE: All of the music on this program is from the performance Mt.Sinai: Frontiers of Byzantium--Medieval Music from manuscripts at St. Catherine's Monastery, Sinai featuring the Cappella Romana. For more information on this label, including past recordings and history, you may visit their web site at:

www.cappellaromana.org

Music from the Monastery of St. Catherine

Founded in 548, this incomparable treasure nestled on Mount Sinai has not only the greatest collection of ancient icons that survived the ravages of the iconoclasts, it has a powerful and haunting musical tradition performed by the Cappella in this exclusive concert, prepared in honor of two exhibitions:
--at the J. Paul Getty Museum, "Holy Space, Hollowed Ground: Icons from Sinai" (including the rare icon of the Three Holy Youths in the Furnace, related to one of the works on the program)
--and the exhibition "In the Beginning: Bibles before the Year 1000" (including the renowned 4th century Codex Sinaiticus).

I. The Vespers of St. Catherine

--Invitatorium (Sinai MS 1257, dated 1334).
--Anon. & St. JOHN KOUKOUZELES: Psalm 103 (excerpts).
--Lamplighting Psalms (excerpts):
Kekragarion
Three Stichera Prosomoia in Mode 1 for St. Catherine
Anon. & MANUEL CHRYSAPHES the LAMPADARIOS (fl.1440-63): Doxastikon: Sticheron Idiomelon.

II. Advent and Christmas

The Service of the Furnace: A Liturgical Drama of the Three Holy Children:
Sticheron
Anon. & XENOS KORONES (14th cen): The Song of the Three Holy Children
MANUEL GAZES the LAMPADARIOS (early 15th c.): "The Angel of the Lord Came Down"
ANGELOS GREGORIOU (mid 15th cen.): "When the tyrant saw"

Imperial Acclamations for Christmas: "Christ who crowned you is born, O King"

Composer Info

MANUEL CHRYSAPHES the LAMPADARIOS (fl.1440-63), XENOS KORONES (14th cen), MANUEL GAZES the LAMPADARIOS (early 15th c.), ANGELOS GREGORIOU (mid 15th cen.)