COSTAS D. DINAS, PROFESSOR OF LINGUISTICS AND OF THE GREEK LANGUAGE AND ITS TEACHING, UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN MACEDONIA
Dear Mr Angelidis,
Allow me to congratulate in your person all who have played a part in producing what is from every point of view a successful result.
I must congratulate you from the bottom of my heart on many things:
On the choice of the dedication: the ‘Fathers of Athos and angels in the body’ are for Orthodoxy the shining lights of which we have today more need than ever before. The service for them is not sung ‘in the world’ and it is a good opportunity for anyone who has not had the good fortune to be on the Holy Mountain on their feast day to have a taste of it – albeit small.
On the choice of the chants: Ioasaph Dionysiatis and Matthaios Vatopaidinos, themselves pupils of great teachers of music and cantors, are among the most important modern composers of the early nineteenth century who combine their considerable talent with an authentic knowledge which they derive from the tradition of the three great teachers and exponents of the New Method.
On the interpretation of the hymns: TROPOS has already reached, with a knowledge and many years of serious study of our church music and psalmody, a very high level of interpretation, which permits it to take on, with exceptional success, composers who are ‘giants’, with ‘mathemata‘ which make very great demands.
On the invitation extended to solo exponents: Yannis Papachronis and Yannis Hasanidis, among our best cantors at the present time, harmoniously combine what they learnt at the Athoniada School with the fine theoretician Meletios Sykeotis and the outstanding cantor Deacon Dionysis Firfiris with their own individual studies, and have arrived at an enviable depth of interpretation.
Wishing you continued success.
Costas D. Dinas
Professor of Linguistics and of the Greek Language and its Teaching
University of Western Macedonia