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Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary

Charles Bruffy, Artistic Director
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2008 GRAMMY Award winner for “Best Small Ensemble Performance”
2008 GRAMMY Award nomination for “Best Classical Album”

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“The more I hear of the American Phoenix Chorale, the more I admire their work. Their English-leaning choral style, impinging on the territory of Polyphony or the Sixteen, feels absolutely right for this repertoire. Their peerlessly blended style makes for persuasive readings.” – William Whitehead for BBC Music Magazine

“Choral singing just doesn’t get much better than this.  When it comes to purity of tone, daunting precision and superfine blend, Charles Bruffy’s remarkable Phoenix Chorale have it all – and then some!” – Andrew Achenbach for Gramophone

“The Phoenix Chorale (formerly the Phoenix Bach Choir) and its director Charles Bruffy have made some fine recordings for Chandos, and here is another…Don’t miss this. ” – David Vernier for Classics Today

“They have that highly polished perfection of sound that many American groups seem to make a speciality.  It’s a norm with this group I feel.  But they also have a great communication and humanity in their music, which isn’t always such a common commodity amongst their colleagues, I feel anyway…I think these three little songs to Mary really shine in the hands of this group and their conductor Charles Bruffy.  So, here are Three Latin motets by Cecelia McDowall getting the performance they really deserve by the Phoenix Chorale.” – Aled Jones of BBC Radio 3’s The Choir

“This is a triumph of engineering, of choral singing, and of conducting on the part of Charles Bruffy, a protégé of fabled American choral conductor Robert Shaw, who, like his mentor, has achieved impressive, sensuously irresistible results in a city without a deeply ingrained tradition of classical singing.” – James Manheim for

“The Phoenix Chorale and its conductor/Artistic Director Charles Bruffy are one of the brightest jewels in the Chandos crown. Bruffy has a great talent for programming, displayed superbly on this new disc of sacred pieces in honour of the Virgin Mary. ” – John  Miller for

“Five Stars.” – Classic FM Magazine

“Given the transcendent nature of the music and the performances, spiritual satisfaction is guaranteed, whatever your religious proclivities.” – Robert Levett for International Record Review