Choir & Organ

Tenebrae has already recorded another substantial work by Russian composer  Alexander Levine (b.1955), Prayers for Mankind. They  understand his soundworld and this makes for a polished and convincing rendering. 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 appropriately sonorous timbre of  Tenebrae.

Matthew Power, July 2013