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Long active as a composer of Greek Orthodox choral music, Dr Tikey Zes, born in 1927, received his training at the University of Southern Carolina, and comes to the setting of this Divine Liturgy through the more expansively creative approaches of Tchaikovsky, brought eventually by Greek emigration to the United States. The hugely popular innovations of John Sakellarides (1853-1938), though still in conflict with traditionalists, successfully attracted Greek American composers, and Zes further enhances the extended settings with original polyphonic choral settings and organ accompaniment. Sung and spoken in ancient Greek, the performance quality is outstanding, though for enthusiasts.

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