This week, Orthodox Holy Week, is “the perfect time” according to Cappella Romana, for their latest recording to debut in the top 10 on the Billboard classical chart.

“Hymns of Kassianí,” is a choral recording of Kassianí’s 9th century hymns, which spread throughout the world to be sung during Orthodox Holy Week (Matins of Holy Wednesday sung Tuesday night or Wednesday morning).

Reviewers have praised Cappella Romana’s collection, describing the pieces as "authentic and deeply expressive," “ravishing,”

Cappella Romana is a professional vocal ensemble that performs early and contemporary sacred classical music in the Christian traditions of East and West. The ensemble is known especially for its presentations and recordings of medieval Byzantine chant (the Eastern sibling of Gregorian chant), Greek and Russian Orthodox choral works, and other sacred music that expresses the historic traditions of a unified Christian inheritance.

Cappella Romana often performs at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.