I own about 4 to 5 Cappella Romana CDs which always just had male voices of tenor, baritone, and bass, but this is the 1st I heard this great choir with angelic female sopranos & altos. The woman really expand the sound & emotion of Cappella Romana that I want to hear more with a full choir. The music is more complex with counter themes & multi layers than the male recordings of chants mostly set in two opposing groups.
Cappella Romana means Roman Chant or singing but it's more then Romana as in Roman Catholic, it's songs from the old Roman Empire which includes the Eastern Orthodox or Eastern Christian church chants & songs from the Byzantine Empire & Slavs (Russia to Serbia). Most of the songs in this recording are within the Divine Liturgy of St. John with the focus on taking communion.