Whereas Byzantium and Rome separated, Cluny grew and soon reached its peak: it built upon the traditions of the Orient and the Occident. Cluny played a determining role in the evolution of occidental music.
At the time, Cluny was to the Occident as Saint Sophie of Constantinople was to the Orient. It was a monumental symbol of Christianity, home to magnificent and unique buildings, constantly expressing power, influence, and extreme innovation.
Through song and polyphony, ODO offers a voyage beyond culture and history. Two phrases, liturgical latin and byzantine, align in perfect song. As they come together, ODO provides a taste to the genius of music from this time. We are reminded that both phrases were inspired by the same source, and carry the same message.
Mystica Voce draws upon the repertoire of Greek catholic chants, Serbian song, orthodox song, sacred Gregorian chants, chants from the Franciscan Corsican manuscript, the Codex Calixtinus, Llibre Vermell of Montserrat, Abelard, and the school of Notre-Dame...