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