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This ‘premiere in modern times’, revivified through extensive research, is true tingle-factor stuff: an austere, inexorable, mesmerising Crucifixion liturgy told in the 8th- and 9th-century Byzantine chant that once resounded within Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, leading the listener through Christ’s final earthly journey. A lavishly spacious recording in acoustics mystically evocative of the original blooms around this super-resonant blend of voices, including Grecophone singers and plangent note-bending solo singing from Stelios Kontakiotis – compellingly convincing and cathartic.

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