CHSA 5044 Grechaninov

PHOENIX CHORALE & KANSAS CITY CHORALE
Charles Bruffy, Artistic Director
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2007 GRAMMY Award winner for “Best Engineered Album, Classical”
2007 GRAMMY Award nomination for “Best Classical Album”
2007 GRAMMY Award nomination for “Best Surround Sound”
2007 GRAMMY Award nomination for “Best Choral Performance”

“Rapt and utterly unrushed under Maestro Bruffy’s guidance, it unfolds out of silence as an extended prayer that never loses its devotional energy. The singing is simply gorgeous, with the Super Audio format flattering the artistic intentions of everyone involved. Bravo to Chandos for its willingness to compete against itself with this new offering. My guess is that Passion Week sung in Church Slavonic by these two gifted choirs will become one of the most celebrated releases of 2007, and deservedly so. It’s a stunner in all respects.” – American Record Guide

“The massed forces of the Phoenix Bach Choir [Phoenix Chorale] and the Kansas City Chorale (both are professional groups) make a formidable choral machine, one which seems to produce an unending wave of smoothly blended sound. If Grechaninov’s music is sentimental in the best sense, this performance has an integrity and honesty to it which I find profoundly moving.” Performance-5 Stars; Sound-5 Stars BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine’s Vocal/Choral CD of the Month, May 2007

“If I had heard this album knowing nothing about its performers, I would smile, nod sagely and say, “They’re Russian, of course”. Phoenix, Arizona and Kansas City would not have registered for a second on my choral radar, but their respective Bach Choir [Phoenix Chorale] and Chorale will do from now on. Their combined professional forces do full justice to Gretchaninov’s 13 eloquently simple Passion Week pieces, matching the basso profondo richness of the best Russian choirs with refined tuning and impeccably unanimous ensemble. Vocal weight here brings a welcome luster to the sound without any loss of focus, a quality upheld by Chandos in its excellent surround-sound recording.” – Classic FM (UK)

“A milestone in Russian choral music delivered in thrilling style here.” – Gramophone

“Luxuriant textures, sumptuous harmonies, mouth-watering melodies, all beautifully conveyed with ravishing choral tone; this is a simply gorgeous disc.” – International Record Review

“…ravishingly sung by two American choirs, both specialists in unaccompanied choral music. A glorious disc, and highly recommended.” – Guardian Unlimited (UK)

“This will be one of my discs of the year, without question. Rarely have I heard a cappella singing of such quality and refinement or a recording that so perfectly complements it.” – Musicweb International