Markopoulos: The Liturgy of Orpheus on the ancient Orphic poems

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Markopoulos: The Liturgy of Orpheus on the ancient Orphic poems



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5th Jan 2009




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Markopoulos: The Liturgy of Orpheus on the ancient Orphic poems

José Van Dam (baritone), Elena Kelessidi (soprano) & Philip Sheffield (narrator)

Chorus and Symphony Orchestra of the Flanders & Opera Ghent, Edwig Abrath


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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.

The work is scored for a wide range of timbrally interesting instruments, including guitar, lute, kanonaki (a Greek harp used in folk music), lyre, harp and piano, beside full symphony orchestra, chorus, soloists and narrator.

Inspired by “the eloquent silence of ancient texts”, it 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.

Yannis Markopoulos: The Liturgy of Orpheus

I. Orpheus on Olympus

II. Paean - Ode to Apollo

III. The Lyre in the Hands of Orpheus

IV. Gaia, Mother Earth

V. Hymn to the Sky

VI. Hymn to the Sea

VII. Hyperion

VIII. Orpheus in Hades

IX. Eurydice Awaits

X. Love Has Come

XI. Curetes - Corybants

XII. Bacchic Dance

XIII. Orpheus and the Furies

XIV. The Muses of Pieria

XV. In the Manner of Love

XVI. Oh Physis - Hymn to Nature

XVII. The Fates

XVIII. The Temple of Orpheus

XIX. Paean - Epilogue

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“This is a satisfying piece providing for reflection and gentle discourse.”

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