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Canti Augustini, Magnus Es Domine, Invocabo Deum (World Première)

“….For Alexander Levine’s two settings of prayers by St Augustine – Magnus est Domine and Invocabo Deum (the latter being a world première) – the group found a more communicative tone, and their involvement with the composer and his creations showed in their animation and in the expressive delivery of these charming works, that are half more »

Concert review on the Australian premiere of the Divine Liturgy. St’ George’s Cathedral Consort / Joseph Nolan

“…The Consort gave the Australian premiere of Levine’s hauntingly beautiful Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. The Russian/English composer’s setting of the ancient liturgy drew on the operatic drama of Bach’s Passions and the soaring ecstasy of Renaissance polyphony. Add Levine’s Russian heritage and his contemporary harmonic language and the result was an enthralling composition more »

Forthcoming concerts

Events for State Philharmonic Cappella “Yaroslavia” cond. Vladimir Kontarev: Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow 28.10.2017 “Stradanie” St Petersburg Neva Choral Assembly 30.10.2017 19:00 pm Academic Chapel, nab. River Moika, 20 “Stradanie” Moscow Autumn festival, 19:00 The House of Composers, Bryusov per., 8/10 Antiphon “Stepenna” from All – Night Vigil.

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 more »

The BBC Music Magazine

Written after a powerful spiritual experience, Alexander Levine’s 2006 setting  of Russian Orthodox liturgy appears old and new at the same time. Soaring,ecstatic, and gorgeously performed. Geoff Brown, September 2013

Previous concerts

XVI Moscow Easter International Festival 07.05.2017 Tchaikovsky Concert hall 19.00pm S:t Jacobs Vokalensemble (Stockholm). Litany of Fervent Supplication from the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. HOLY WEEK FESTIVAL AT ST JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE Invocabo Deum (world premiere) VOCES8 vocal ensemble 11 April 2017 -7:30pm St John’s Smith Square https://www.sjss.org.uk/events/voces8 MAGNUS ES, DOMINE FROM CANTI more »

Musicweb International

By John Quinn ”…I found that one very soon falls under the spell of Levine’s music. In my case this had happened well before the end of the first movement…” “…Anyone interested in the music of the Orthodox Church should hear this beautiful and imaginative score which respects and is built on the tradition of more »

THE DIVINE LITURGY OF ST JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

Reviewed by Ivan Moody for the GRAMAPHONE Magazine (June 2013) Levine’s Divine Liturgy from close collaborators Tenebrae “…It is shot through by the same passionate urgency and by the same fluency in writing for choral ensemble, at once contemporary and connected with the great Russian choral tradition of the past.”

Editorial Reviews, All Music Guide – Blair Sanderson

“…Alexander Levine’s inspired setting of the “Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom” is recognizably modern, though it is still solidly rooted in Orthodox Christian tradition and carries in its sublime moods and sonorities the spirituality and mysticism of the Eastern Church.” Read more →  

International Record Review

“…there is rather more variety and contrast than in either the Tchaikovsky or the Rachmaninov models. As early as the second movement, for example, the music rises to a passionate climax at the words ‘Glory be to the Father’, and the setting of the ‘Creed’ – the passage where many a composer’s inspiration has tended more »