Prayers for mankind celebrates the life and writings of Father Alexander Men, a Russian Orthodox Christian priest who, whilst being little known outside of his some 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 professiona chamber choir Tenebrae.
A recent review for Tenebrae (Figure Humaine - SIG 197:
’...they seem to have an extra gear, a kind of choral over-drive that allows them to soar almost serenly over corners that have some of the finest vocal ensembles showing the strain.’ - BBC Radio 3 CD Review - Andrew McGregor - May 2010
"...It is luminous music with a spiritual patina that glows but is never static... The singing from Tenebrae, the 25-voice British chamber choir, is breathtaking... nothing sounds routine when this ensemble is on duty. Yes, they create beautiful sounds, but its the interpretive character they add to the music that makes them special..."
Philip Greenfield - American Record Guide March/April 2011