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The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2012


Nigel Short



St Augustine's Church, Highbury, London

13-15 Feb 2012


Nicholas Parker


Mike Hatch

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Vocal & Song

Total Time - 77:02
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The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

1 Introduction and Great Litany 6:20
2 First Antiphon 4:55
3 Second Antiphon 2:59
4 Hymn to the Lord 2:16
5 The Third Antiphon: Beatitudes 4:47
6 Entrance Hymn 3:25
7 Trisagion Hymn 3:55
8 Litany of Fervent Supplication 3:32
9 Litany for the Catechumens 3:44
10 Cherubic Hymn 2:59
11 That We May Receive the King of All 0:55
12 Litany of Fervent Supplication 4:26
13 The Creed 5:31
14 Anaphora 3:49
15 We Hymn Thee 1:39
16 Hymn to the Virgin 3:19
17 Litany Before the Lord's Prayer 2:14
18 The Lord's Prayer and Elevation 4:26
19 The Communion 4:12
20 Hymn of Praise 3:41
21 Thanksgiving and Dismissal 1:54
22 Blessed Be the Name of the Lord 2:04

Tenebrae’s latest album 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.

"... the genuine feel of the work is impressive. It is beautifuklly recorded and performed ... an interesting and important CD." *****

Robert Matthew-Walker - Musical Opinion magazine - November/December 2013

"... Soaring, ecstatic, and gorgeously perfomed." **** 

Geoff Brown - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes Section) - September 2013

 "... Those listeners who, like me, have spent hours absorbing Orthodox divine liturgy settings by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff  and Tavener will find much to savour here. The language is tonal, often gentle and sustained, but always contrasted, deeply expressive of the sacred texts and  consistently rewarding, interpreted through the vibrato-free yet appropiately sonorous timbre of Tenebrae.  ****

Matthew Power - Choir & Organ magazine - July/August 2013

 "... it is very definately an elaborate kind of music and requires 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 for this luminous music."

Ivan Moody - Gramophone magazine - June 2013

 "...There are many very lovely sounds throughout this work, and thise appreciate Orthoox church music will find much to enjoy here. it makes ideal late-night listening, but it will also repay close stufy. The performance is spectacularly  successful. Short paces the score superbly and his singers are with him at every turn... The sound of this magnificent choir is perfectly captured in a tranquil church acoustic."

William Hedley - International Record Review - May 2013

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