Director Joseph Nolan gives the work a big wrap: "It is a modern masterpiece... like Rachmaninov's Vespers only better!
|Alexander Levine photo Sasha Gusov|
John Chrysostom (347-407) was renowned for his preaching and public speaking and rose to the position of Archbishop of Constantinople. The epitaph Chrysostom means literally golden-tongued. His beautifully refined version of the liturgy became normative liturgical form in the churches within the Byzantine Empire.
Levine has adapted the Liturgy so that there is no solo part for the priest and instead the choir sings throughout. This moves the work towards being a concert piece rather than an act of worship.
The score is currently being couriered to my address - I am looking forward to getting to know it before I review the concert on Friday.