Passion Week Performed by Capella Romana Portland and Seattle April 11-12, 2014

A Joyous Lent to All!

Capella Romana (FB) performs Passion Week.

“A Lost Work of Sacred Music from Post-Revolutionary St. Petersburg

This April 11 and 12, for the first time in recorded history, Cappella Romana presents Maximilian Steinberg’s Passion Week, the last major sacred work composed in Russia after the imposition of Communism. Unlike Gretchaninoff’s similar collection, nearly every movement of Steinberg’s Passion Week directly quotes Medieval chant melodies, setting them in rich choral textures to magnify their intrinsic power and spirituality.

Maximilian Steinberg (1883–1946) was the son-in-law of Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as a classmate of Stravinsky and a teacher of Shostakovich. Steinberg’s piece was composed in 1921-26, during the early years of the Soviet Period when artists still had some freedom of travel and programming. However, because of later conditions imposed by Soviets, this work was never performed.”  (Read the rest and purchase tickets on Cappella’s site)


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3 Responses to Passion Week Performed by Capella Romana Portland and Seattle April 11-12, 2014

  1. Anna Barhudarian says:

    I would love to attend but unfortunately I will have to choose between attending a church service or a concert. It is sad that this beautiful music is performed on nights before liturgies in both cities. You would expect that sacred music performers are aware of Lenten calendar and can adjust their schedule accordingly, but oh well…

  2. Mark Powell says:

    These concerts were held after Vespers of the relevant evenings; the music is in anticipation of Holy Week, of course. We are very, very well aware of the liturgical calendar and make adjustments as we are able.

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