Dear Mr Constantinos Angelidis
I herewith congratulate you on the recent publication of the CD entitled Constantinopolitan Composers. This publication contributes to filling a large gap in the discography of our church music, since what is missing from it are themed tributes to groups of composers, and particularly those concerned with the ancient patriarchal tradition, disputed and claimed by many (as it should be, as a precious heritage, on the one hand, and as a treasure undefended against plundering by looters of antiquities, as it should not be, on the other). This genuine tribute of yours to renowned Constantinopolitan, as to style certainly (and in origin in the case of the majority) Composers does them honour and is a unique proposal, clearly giving a faithful rendering of the chants interpreted, without a sterile fixation on the letter of the chant’s text, but with a discerning interpretation of its spirit and body (following the familiar old distinction of our musical notations), supplying something which was lacking (with certain brilliant exceptions who taught the younger among us, but were opposed in principle) from today’s discography of Contantinopolitan music, that is, of course, choral music.
With good wishes for your health and happiness
Doctoral candidate in Musicology
Teacher of Byzantine and Greek Traditional Music