Author Archives: alexanderlevine

Review by Steven Whitehead, Cross Rhythms

“When I returned to London”, says Alexander Levine, “I had a strong feeling that I should start composing the music for the Liturgy straight away. . . I thought about this journey as the spiritual experience of a person who one day comes to the church to participate in a liturgical service, where prayers and more »

CD review – Alexander Levine – Divine Liturgy

Alexander Levine’s Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom was written at the end 2005 – early 2006, in memory of his friend Father Alexander Men, the Russian Orthodox priest who became an influential spiritual leader and architect of religious renewal in Russia at the end of the Soviet period. The work was premiered in Russia more »

Bel Canto chorus sings transcendant Russian works

By Michael Barndt The Bel Canto chorus marked the 25th year of Music Director Richard Hynson’s tenure with an ambitious pair of Russian choral works at the St. Joseph Center Chapel on Sunday afternoon, March 10th. BCC commissioned Russian-born Alexander Levine, now living in the United Kingdom, to write a new work for this occasion. more »

The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom CD Launch

Tenebrae made the Liturgy sound effortless, bringing a clarity and depth of sound, which belied the technical difficulties of such close singing. However this piece deserves to become a much performed edition to the choral repertoire. Crotchet Classical, 10th March 2013

Bel Canto Chorus celebrates Hynson’s anniversary

By Elaine Schmidt, Special to the Journal Sentinel Hynson and the Bel Canto Chorus were joined by the Bel Canto Boys Choir, prepared by director Ellen M. Shuler, as they opened the program with a work commissioned for this concert: “At All Times and At Every Hour” by Russian composer Alexander Levine.

Comments from Richard Hynson, the conductor of the Bel Canto Choir, and members of the Choir on the performance of Prayers for Mankind

“…Did you notice how still and attentive the audience was? It was a long and challenging listen for them, but they, too, stayed focused and engaged as the prayers unfolded. Stacey Naffah’s eight-year-old son Jack told me that the concert “…felt like it lasted only one second…” he was so involved in the music. Time more »

Prayers for Mankind reviewed by Ivan Moody, Gramophone

Alexander Levine: “Prayers for Mankind” / Tenebrae Signum Classics SIGCD212•DDD•T …The texts, while they are permeated with reminiscences of the Byzantine liturgy, are very personal indeed, and for that reason Alexander Levine has been able to react to them in an equally personal fashion, being guided by the words and the emotional contours of the more »

Prayers for Mankind, Tenebrae, Signum Classics

The subtitle of Russian-British composer Alexander Levine‘s Prayers for Mankind is “A Symphony of Prayers of Father Alexander Men.” In six contrasting movements lasting well over an hour, the designation of symphony is not inappropriate, even though the scoring is for a cappella chorus.