Levine: The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom Tenebrae Consort & Nigel Short
- Alexander Levine (b. 1955): The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom:
- 1The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: Introduction and Great Litany06:20
- 2The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: First Antiphon04:55
- 3The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: Second Antiphon02:59
- 4The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: Hymn to the Lord02:16
- 5The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: The Third Antiphon. Beatitudes04:46
- 6The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: Entrance Hymn03:26
- 7The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: Trisagion Hymn03:54
- 8The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: Litany of Fervent Supplication03:34
- 9The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: Litany for the Catechumens03:44
- 10The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: Cherubic Hymn03:00
- 11The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: That We May Receive the King of All00:55
- 12The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: Litany of Fervent Supplication04:26
- 13The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: The Creed05:30
- 14The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: Anaphora03:48
- 15The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: We Hymn Thee01:40
- 16The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: Hymn to the Virgin03:19
- 17The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: Litany Before the Lord's Prayer02:14
- 18The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: The Lord's Prayer and Elevation04:26
- 19The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: The Communion04:11
- 20The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: Hymn of Praise03:42
- 21The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: Thanksgiving and Dismissal01:54
- 22The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: Blessed Be the Name of the Lord02:04
Info for Levine: The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
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.
There are many very lovely sounds throughout this work, and those who appreciate Orthodox church music will find much to enjoy here. It makes ideal late-night listening, but it will also repay close study. The performance is spectacularly successful. Short paces the score superbly and his singers are with him at every turn." International Record Review, May 2013
"Written after a powerful spiritual experience, Alexander Levine’s 2006 setting of Russian Orthodox liturgy appears old and new at the same time. Soaring,ecstatic, and gorgeously performed." BBC Music Magazine, September 2013
"This is singing of a very high order. They bring a quiet beauty of tone to the more reflective moments, which carries over into other parts of the work and their contribution to the sheer radiance of the performance is significant … Levine manages to sustain an intensity of feeling and radiance which comes over superbly in this performance." March 2013, Robert Hugill
"Those whose interest in Orthodox music was awakened by John Tavener may well enjoy this further and deeper exploration and all who appreciate fine choral singing will applaud Nigel Short and Tenebrae." Cross Rhythms, 8 out of 10, April 2013
Nigel Short, condutor
is an outstanding group of musicians, with singers hand-picked from the award-winning chamber choir Tenebrae. Chosen for their particular expertise in certain areas of repertoire, Tenebrae Consort demonstrates the singers’ skills as soloists and highlights the vocal quality of the individuals who make up the Tenebrae sound. Known for their instinctive ensemble skills, the singers can perform alongside small groups of leading instrumentalists, and are directed by Nigel Short, who leads the group to music making of the highest quality. Focusing on repertoire originally written for consort performance, particularly dedicated to the interpretation of early music, Tenebrae Consort aims to shed new interpretative light on works through the combination of both passion and precision, creating an intimate concert experience.
began his musical life as a chorister at Solihull Parish Church going on to study singing and piano at the Royal College of Music. He began his career as a soloist in opera and oratorio and as a member of specialist vocal ensembles such as The Tallis Scholars whilst maintaining a regular involvement in church music, firstly as a member of Westminster Abbey Choir then Westminster Cathedral. He joined the King's Singers when he was 27 and stayed with them for seven years.
After a short break of about one ski season in the Swiss Alps he set about founding his own group, Tenebrae, aiming to bring together what he loved best as a singer - namely the more passionate sounds of large Cathedral choirs and the precision of ensembles like The King's Singers - to create a new kind of choral group. Whilst embracing an eclectic repertoire he wanted to have some 'signature' works that would make Tenebrae different, adding a theatrical element that would involve singers moving around as if on stage. To that end he wrote 'The Dream of Herod', with a central role for baritone Colin Campbell, and commissioned Joby Talbot to write Path of Miracles, premiered in July 2005. Since its debut performance in 2001 Tenebrae has given concerts in Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, UK, USA and Bermuda.
Nigel and the group have performed and recorded live with The Chamber Orchestra of Europe for Warner Classics and have given several performances with The English Concert. They record regularly with Signum Classics.
Nigel divides his time between directing Tenebrae and giving an ever increasing number of masterclasses and workshops for both professional and amateur vocal groups and choirs throughout Europe.
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