YANNIS MARKOPOULOS (b.1939): The Liturgy of Orpheus.
Catalogue Number: 03K083
Description: This big, boldly colorful oratorio ambitiously combines a readily accessible, lushly tonal, even populist idiom with elements of Greek folk music in a telling of the legend of Orpheus within a general context of a pantheistic, environmental theme, thus relevant to our times. The work is essentially melodic, with richly scored choral hymns and exotic touches of local color provided by instrumental combinations evoking folk styles. English translations. José van Dam (bass-baritone), Elena Kelessidi (soprano), Philip Sheffield (narrator), Flanders Opera Chorus and Symphony Orchestra; Edwig Abrath.