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MARKOPOULOS, Y.: Liturgy of Orpheus (The)

Composer(s):Markopoulos, Yannis
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Secular
Catalogue 8.572235
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

In his lavishly scored oratorio The Liturgy of Orpheus Yannis Markopoulos combines fragments of Orphic poems with a narrative text by Panos Theodoridis to create a work brimming with melodies, rhythms and instrumental tone colours, including those of guitar, lute, kanonaki, lyre, harp and piano, beside full symphony orchestra, chorus, soloists and narrator. Inspired by “the eloquent silence of ancient texts”, The Liturgy of Orpheus is a remarkable song of the earth that revitalises the myth of the prophet-musician for those who seek the restoration of the natural environment.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,January 2009

During his years in England, as a self-imposed exile from his native Greece, Yannis Markopoulos first made his international presence felt with music for the television series, Who Pays the Ferryman?, its main theme topping UK disc charts for many months. Before arriving in London he had already enjoyed some popularity in the field of commercial music, particularly in the film industry, but on his return to his homeland he spent the 1980s turning his attention to works for the concert hall. He began work on The Liturgy of Orpheus in 1992 and completed the work two years later. It is based on the ancient Orphic poems and tells of the heartfelt aspirations of a sensitive human being. It is scored for bass-baritone, soprano, narrator, chorus and orchestra, and it



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