Wednesday 3 June 2015

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev: De Profundis - Classical CD Review

"Fascinating music that will doubtless be new to most"

A short praise from Classical CD Review for our new release 'De Profundis: Compositions for Orchestra and Choir' with Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, Russian National Orchestra and Moscow Synodal Choir. This review was written by Robert Benson.

Hilary Alefyev (b. 1966 in Moscow) is a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church, with the title of "Metropolitan," a high position in the Church. He is Metropolitan of Volokolamsk , chairman of Department of External Church Relations, and a permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Moscow. He also is a theologian and historian—and a composer as well. Three works (Stabat Mater/Caciones de la muerte/De Profundis) are for solo its, chorus and orchestra; the others are orchestral. We can assume these dedicated performances are what the composer intended, with the full-bodied Moscow Symphony Choir and the Russian National Orchestra conducted by the composer. Fascinating music that will doubtless be new to most, and the recording made in a Moscow studio has the sound of a large cathedral with effective use of multi-channels. The organ parts, recorded in St. Ludwig's Church in Berlinm was effectively dubbed in. . Complete texts and translations are provided. An intriguing disk.

Robert Benson