Tuesday 20 January 2015

A Russian Passion

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev
Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev
The Russian Orthodox musical tradition does not seem to do passions, but 8 February 2015 sees the British premiere of the St Matthew Passion by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev. Metropolitan Hilarion is not only a bishop and noted theologian but also a composer. Inspired by the passions of Bach, his St Matthew Passion for soloists, choir and orchestra was written in 2006 and is the only work of its kind in Russian music to depict the life and resurrection of Christ. The work uses edited liturgical texts at the libretto. It receives its British premiered at the Cadogan Hall on 8 February 2015 when the Moscow Synodal Choir performs it under the direction of Alexei Putzov. The choir is one of the oldest professional choirs in Russia. Founded in 1721 is ceased to exist in 1918 and was revived by Metropolitan Hilarion in 2009. You can hear the opening of the work on YouTube. Further information from the Cadogan Hall website.

1 comment:

  1. Hilarion is such a brilliant musician, his talents are wasted in the Moscow Patriarchate - Putin's State Church.


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