Rachmaninoff / Liturgy
Sunday, June 2, 2019 3pm • Church of the Covenant
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF, Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31
Celebrant: Taras Leschishin, baritone
Experience a luminous masterwork of limitless invention based on echoes of ancient chant. Rachmaninoff doesn’t just set the words of the Liturgy, he brings the ritual radiantly to life. Hear the congregation intoning prayers, the surging procession of priests, the stamp of folksong, and the great, ringing peal of bells.
Coro Allegro reprises what critics hailed as their “stunning interpretation” of Rachmaninoff’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, a work of “spiritually boundless reverence invoked by the harmonic ingenuity...profoundly transmitted through them to a deeply grateful audience.” (Boston Musical Intelligencer)