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Alexander Levine: Prayers for Mankind

Alexander Levine: Prayers for Mankind

Prayers for Mankind celebrates the life and writings of Father Alexander Men, Russian Orthodox Christian priest who, whilst being little known outside of his home country during his lifetime, has come to be hailed as a saint and martyr by thousands all over the world. 2010 marks the anniversary of what would have been his 85th Birthday, as well as 20 years since his brutal assassination on the way to a Sunday morning service. Following years of religious suppression under the communist regime, Father Alexander Men emerged as a leading Christian and humanitarian figure in Russia, through radio and TV broadcasts and his prolific written works. These prayers, set by Russian composer Alexander Levine, capture the beauty and humanity of Men’s view of the world, and is brought vividly to life by Nigel Short’s professional chamber choir Tenebrae.

Nigel Short’s choir Tenebrae performs the gargantuan work with untiring skill. His four fruity basses sound authentically Russian on the ubiquitous pedal notes.

–  Classic FM
  • Release Date: 23 August 2010
  • Record Label: Signum Classics
  • Catalogue Number: SIGCD212
  • Location of Recording: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London
  • Total Running Time: 01:08:19
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Buy # Title Composer Duration Price Listen
1Mvt. I: Morning PrayerAlexander Levine10:32£ Listen
2Mvt. II: A Prayer for UnityAlexander Levine09:49£ Listen
3Mvt. III: A Prayer for HumilityAlexander Levine09:02£ Listen
4Mvt. IV: I Love You, LordAlexander Levine12:01£ Listen
5Mvt. V: A Prayer for the Gift of Wisdom and LoveAlexander Levine05:10£ Listen
6Mvt. VI: A Prayer for the Disciples of ChristAlexander Levine21:42£ Listen

Nigel Short’s choir Tenebrae performs the gargantuan work with untiring skill. His four fruity basses sound authentically Russian on the ubiquitous pedal notes.

–  Classic FM

Impressive and moving, and beautifully captured

–  Ivan Moody, Gramophone

Tenebrae negotiates the musical challenges of the score with tremendous confidence, skill, and bravura

–  MusicaRussia, Inc.

The singing is superb from start to finish and even the most complex passages are delivered with great clarity. The performance has a burning conviction that is wholly appropriate to the subject matter.

–  Musicweb International

Tenebrae, expertly led by Nigel Short, deliver the kind of exceptionally disciplined and spirited performance for which it is rightly renowned… The burnished warmth of the choral blend and the absolute clarity and purity of the sound continue to amaze.

–  All Music Guide

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