Some initial reviews:
"Maximillian Steinberg's Passion Week ... is INCREDIBLE! ... This is the world premiere recording of the Steinberg and it is a fascinating piece. Beautifully sung and absolutely breathtaking."
..."the entire Passion Week,...proved unexpectedly gentle, sometimes even lush, occasionally delicate, graced by intermittent dissonances and touches of counterpoint. … Like Steinberg’s ‘Passion Week’ and the other neglected music it has resurrected, Cappella Romana continues its ascent.”
Rarely do musicians have the opportunity to witness and be part of an event that is truly historic. The release of this CD represents just such an event: music history being made! Maximilian Steinberg's Passion Week, a choral masterpiece of major proportions composed in 1923, was essentially lost for 90 years, until it was rediscovered, republished in a new edition by Musica Russica, and given its world premiere in April of 2014 by Cappella Romana. Three months after the premiere, Cappella Romana reassembled to record the present CD. It was this reviewer's honor and privilege to be present at both the premiere and to participate in the recording sessions as the Church Slavonic diction coach. The music on this CD, based almost entirely on znamenny and other early Russian chants, cannot fail to captivate. It builds upon the legacy of Gretchaninoff's Passion Week and Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, in some respects surpassing both works. The other thing that is absolutely irresistible and beguiling on this CD is the sound of Cappella Romana in the fabulous acoustics of St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Portland. This is indeed Cappella Romana and choral singing at its finest! Filling out the CD are four lovely arrangements of Holy Week chants (some of the same ones set by Steinberg) by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, whose student, protege, and eventually son-in-law Maximilian Steinberg was. Like all Cappella Romana productions, the booklet is a scholarly work in and of itself, containing an essay about Steinberg's life, times, and music, as well as texts in Church Slavonic, phonetics, and English translation. If there is just one CD of choral music you will ever add to your collection, this is the one!—Vladimir Morosan
Read an excellent review from the Orthodox Arts Journal here: http://www.orthodoxartsjournal.org/a-new-landmark-steinbergs-passion-week/