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Alexander Levine: The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

Alexander Levine: The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

Tenebrae 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.

The performance is spectacularly successful. Short paces the score superbly and his singers are with him at every turn.

–  International Record Review
  • Release Date: 11 March 2013
  • Record Label: Signum Classics
  • Catalogue Number: SIGCD316
  • Location of Recording: St Augustine’s Church, Kilburn, London
  • Total Running Time: 01:17:05
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Buy # Title Composer Duration Price Listen
1Introduction and Great LitanyAlexander Levine06:20£ Listen
2First AntiphonAlexander Levine04:55£ Listen
3Second AntiphonAlexander Levine02:59£ Listen
4Hymn to the LordAlexander Levine02:16£ Listen
5The Third Antiphon: BeatitudesAlexander Levine04:47£ Listen
6Entrance HymnAlexander Levine03:25£ Listen
7Trisagion HymnAlexander Levine03:55£ Listen
8Litany of Fervent SupplicationAlexander Levine03:32£ Listen
9Litany for the CatechumensAlexander Levine03:44£ Listen
10Cherubic HymnAlexander Levine02:59£ Listen
11That We May Receive the King of AllAlexander Levine00:55£ Listen
12Litany of Fervent SupplicationAlexander Levine04:26£ Listen
13The CreedAlexander Levine05:31£ Listen
14AnaphoraAlexander Levine03:49£ Listen
15We Hymn TheeAlexander Levine01:39£ Listen
16Hymn to the VirginAlexander Levine03:19£ Listen
17Litany Before the Lord's PrayerAlexander Levine02:14£ Listen
18The Lord's Prayer and ElevationAlexander Levine04:26£ Listen
19The CommunionAlexander Levine04:12£ Listen
20Hymn of PraiseAlexander Levine03:41£ Listen
21Thanksgiving and DismissalAlexander Levine01:54£ Listen
22Blessed Be the Name of the LordAlexander Levine02:04£ Listen

The performance is spectacularly successful. Short paces the score superbly and his singers are with him at every turn.

–  International Record Review

Soaring, ecstatic and gorgeously performed.

–  BBC Music Magazine

This is singing of a very high order. They bring a quiet beauty of tone to the more reflective moments

–  Robert Hugill

The singing is immaculate and burns with conviction. It is, quite simply, superb.

–  MusicWeb International

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 timbres, like a richly veined marble. It is surely just what the composer desired

–  Gramophone Magazine

Signum is Gramophone Label of the Year 2017!

14 September 2017

Huge congratulations to our friends at Signum Classics for winning Record Label of the Year at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards! We are delighted for the company who celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. We have loved working with them producing some of our most memorable recordings from Tenebrae’s debut release The Dream of Herod back… continued