CHSA 5055 Rheinberger

PHOENIX CHORALE & KANSAS CITY CHORALE
Charles Bruffy, Artistic Director
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2008 GRAMMY Award nomination for “Best Choral Performance”
2008 GRAMMY Award nomination for “Best Surround Sound”

“Rheinberger, chapel master to King Ludwig II, composed romantically sumptuous yet classically refined church music, qualities cherished by these excellent choristers.” – Classic FM

“This is all very lovely, and, no, that is not a euphemism for boring. The composer lives up to his ideal of music as well crafted, beautiful sound, and the performances conform. No jagged edge or incompatible vibration obtrudes upon the perfect blend of choral tone. The style is careful over the shading and shaping of phrases, the effect beneficent and reverential. The programme is similarly comforting in sound and manner, at its centre the Mass, Rheinberger’s acknowledged choral masterpiece, in the comforting key of E flat.” – Gramophone

“This is a disc that should convince doubters that there is far more to Rheinberger than usually meets the ear.” – International Record Review

“The performances by the Phoenix Bach Choir [Phoenix Chorale] and Kansas City Chorale (separate organizations, but often combined as they are here for double-choir music) are superb… Conductor Charles Bruffy performed with Robert Shaw and has inherited his tendencies toward seamless blends and a warm, rounded tone.  A superb choral release…” – All Music Guide