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Alexander Levine: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom / Tenebrae

Album Summary

>Levine, Alexander : The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, for chorus
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Tenebrae's latest disc on Signum sees their return to the repertoire of Russian composer Alexander Levine. The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom is Levine's most significant large-scale religious work to date. Inspired by the humility and humanity of the murdered Russian priest (and friend of Levine) Fr. Alexander Men and composed over a three-month period of spiritual immersion, research and contemplation (similar to that described by his great forebears Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov), the work traces a continuous spiritual growth towards the central point of the Liturgy - the Holy Communion.

International Record Review, May 2013
There are many very lovely sounds throughout this work, and those who appreciate Orthodox church music will find much to enjoy here...The performance is spectacularly successful. Short paces the score superbly and his singers are with him at every turn.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
It is very definitely an elaborate kind of music and requies a very high standard of performance. Tenebrae are the choir for the job: the sound, while perfectly blended, is also, paradoxically, clearly built from individual timbes, like a richly veined marble. It is surely just what the composer desired.

MusicWeb International, May 2013
Anyone interested in the music of the Orthodox Church should hear this beautiful and imaginative score which respects and is built on the tradition of Orthodox music yet at the same time takes that tradition in a new and exciting direction. The disc is equally of interest to collectors who appreciate eloquent and beautifully written modern choral music.

Musical Opinion, November/December 2013
The genuine feel of the work is impressive. It is beautifully recorded and performed... This remains an interesting and important CD.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Augustine's Church, Highbury, London (02/13/2012-02/15/2012).


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>Levine, Alexander : The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, for chorus
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Ensemble: Tenebrae
  • Notes: St Augustine's Church, Highbury, London (02/13/2012-02/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 72 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005-2006