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CHANDOS, Charles Bruffy & the Phoenix Bach Choir

Wednesday, 07 January 2004


Contact: Joel M. Rinsema, Executive Director
Phoenix Bach Choir
(602) 253-2224

Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Bach Choir Sign with Chandos Records LTD.

Phoenix, AZ Late last month, the Phoenix Bach Choir, under the
direction of Conductor and Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, entered
into an agreement with Chandos Records LTD, the world’s largest
independent classical music record company. Based in Colchester, Essex
in the United Kingdom, Chandos will carry the Choir’s recording of
Shakespeare texts set to choral music recorded in Phoenix in May of

The Phoenix Bach Choir is the only North American choral ensemble to
have a solo recording on the Chandos label and will join roster artists
that include The BBC Philharmonic; City of London Sinfonia, Collegium
Musicum 90, and the Finzi Singers. Other noted artists on the Chandos
label include The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in
the Fields with Sir Neville Marriner; conductors Leonard Slatkin, Neeme
Järvi, and Richard Hickox; and soloists Bryn Terfel, and Kiri Te Kanawa.

“Chandos made the decision to take the Shakespeare recording by the
Phoenix Bach Choir for two reasons, one because we were extremely
impressed with the singing quality, musicality and style of the choir.
Secondly because the concept of choral music associated with Shakespeare
encompassing a whole range of composers and styles linking them all
together under one theme, was very unusual but strong” says Chandos’
Managing Director Ralph Couzens.

The recording, produced and recorded by Blanton Alspaugh and John Newton
of Soundmirror from Boston, is scheduled for release in the United
Kingdom in early summer 2004 and worldwide, one month later.
Distribution in the US will be coordinated by KOCH International.

See following for more information and repertoire listing.

THE PHOENIX BACH CHOIR is Arizona's only professional choral ensemble
and is equally dedicated to the creation and performance of exciting new
music as well as informed and sensitive presentation of traditional
masterworks. The Choir performed for the 2002 Western and Southwestern
Division conventions of the American Choral Directors Association in
Honolulu and Houston, respectively and headlines at the Central Division
Convention in Indianapolis in February of 2004. In March of 2003, the
Choir performed the West Coast premiere of Daniel Lentz' Café Desire
before a capacity crowd in San Francisco as part of the Other Minds 9
new music festival. Back home, the choir is active in schools around the
greater Phoenix area, providing its Bach to School educational outreach
programs, and co-founded the annual Boys To Men festival for male
singers held in Phoenix each spring. The Choir is a proud member of
Chorus America, and a member of the Artist Roster of the Arizona
Commission on the Arts.

CHARLES BRUFFY is one of the most highly respected and sought after
choral conductors in the United States. He has been Artistic Director of
the Phoenix Bach Choir since 1999 and Artistic Director of the Kansas
City Chorale since 1988. Under his direction, both choirs continue to
merit critical acclaim. He and the Kansas City Chorale were featured
performers at the 2000 American Choral Director's Association National
Convention in San Antonio, Texas. In 2002, the Phoenix Bach Choir
performed for the Western Division Convention of ACDA in Honolulu,
Hawaii and both choirs joined in performance for the Southwest Division
ACDA in Houston, Texas. Next spring he will conduct the choirs in
performances at the Central and Southern Division Conventions. In the
spring of 2003, he and the Chorale were featured performers at the
Library of Congress in Washington D.C. as part of its I hear America
Singing series. Both choirs have been featured on NPR's Performance
Today and Chorus America's The First Art. In addition to his work with
these choirs he frequently conducts festival choirs around the world,
most recently in Sydney, Australia. In the summer of 2004, he will
conduct works by Haydn, Dvorak and Mozart in Smetana Hall in Prague.

CHANDOS RECORDS LTD was founded in 1979 by Brian Couzens. The company
has championed rare and neglected repertoire, filling in many gaps in
the record catalogues. Initially focusing on British composers (e.g.
Alwyn, Bax, Bliss, Dyson, Moeran, Rubbra, et al), but later embracing a
much wider field (including American, European, Scandinavian, baroque
and contemporary music, film scores), a myriad of neglected composers
and music have received their CD debuts on this label.

In 1990 the authentic performance ‘Chaconne’ label was formed, and in
1995 the ‘Opera in English’ series was launched (with the Barber of
Seville). The standard repertoire is also recorded, with Mariss Jansons’
Tchaikovsky cycle (1984-6) being a notable success. Whenever possible,
complete series are undertaken, the most monumental being the complete
Walton and Grainger ‘Editions’.

The following artists are strongly associated with, or exclusive to, the
label: Matthias Bamert; Richard Hickox; I Fagiolini; Neeme Järvi; Louis
Lortie; Lydia Mordkovitch; David Parry; Valeri Polyansky; the Purcell
Quartet; Gennady Rozhdestvensky; Howard Shelley; Simon Standage; Yan
Pascal Tortelier and Sophie Yates. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales;
The BBC Philharmonic; City of London Sinfonia (with Hickox); the Danish
National Radio Choir & Symphony Orchestra; Collegium Musicum 90, and the
Finzi Singers, are also exclusive to Chandos.

Chandos was one of the first record companies to use digital technology
(from 1978) and to release recordings on Compact Disc (1983). It has
received many awards, including several Gramophone Awards (including the
2001 ‘Record of the Year’ for Hickox’s recording of the original version
of Vaughan Williams’ London Symphony) and the American Grammy award for
Peter Grimes (1996, cond. Hickox). The recorded sound – which has a
particularly distinctive quality (a full, rich sound, set in a natural
acoustic) – has attracted much critical acclaim.

Chandos remains an independent family-owned company, producing around
100 CDs per year. On 1 June 2003, Brian Couzens stepped down as Managing
Director in favour his Son, Ralph, although he continues as Chairman and
Senior Record Producer. Chandos has maintained its policy of adventurous
repertoire planning: its collaboration with the Peter Moores Foundation,
in connection with opera sung in English, is one of the most exciting
developments. Chandos’s Film Music Series is also highly regarded, and
its new Historical label has attracted wide acclaim.

FOUNDED in 1972, Soundmirror is a fully digital recording,
post-production company specializing in acoustic music and sound for
picture. Its staff has done extensive field recording around the world
and has produced, edited, and mastered projects for over forty classical
music labels. Its orchestral, solo, and chamber recordings have received
numerous Grammy nominations (and awards) as well as special mention in
Gramophone and Stereophile.

Designed for ultimate efficiency and comfort, its Boston studios are
among the finest post-production facilities on the east coast. They are
also a proving ground for cutting edge equipment: the first Lexicon Opus
and the first Sonic 24-channel editor were installed and tested at
Soundmirror. We're currently one of the very few companies offering SACD
recording, editing, and mastering with both the Pyramix 8-track system
and the Genex 48-track system.

We are beginning our fifth season as the technical directors of From the
Top, the country's most popular musical radio show.

Soundmirror has recorded for virtually every major record label
including Albany, Analekta, BMG, CBS, Chandos, Decca, Denon, Deutsche
Gramophon, EMI, Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Koch International Classics, N2K,
Naxos, New World, Nonesuch, Philips Classics, Phonogram, RCA, Sony
Classics, Telarc, Teldec, Virgin, and Warner/Elektra. We continue to
help individuals and arts organizations develop their own recording
programs and marketing strategies in this age of independent labels.

Repertoire List

Shakespeare Songs –Matthew Harris
Hark, Hark the Lark
Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred?
I Shall No More to Sea
When that I Was, And a Little Tiny Boy
It Was a Lover and his Lass
O Mistress Mine
When Daffodils Begin to Peer

Songs of Ariel from the Tempest–Frank Martin
Come unto These Yellow Sands
Full Fathom Five
Before You Say come and go
You are Three Men of Sin
Where the Bee Sucks there Suck I
When He Shall Die –Steven Sametz

Four Shakespeare Songs –Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
Come Away, Death
Double, Double Toil and Trouble
Full Fathom Five

Shall I Compare Thee to A Summer’s Day? –Nils Lindberg

Sonnet XVII –Dominick Argento

O Mistress Mine –Alan Murray

Three Shakespeare Songs –Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Cloud-capp’d Towers
Full Fathom Five
Over Hill, Over Dale

Joel M. Rinsema
Executive Director & Assistant Conductor
Phoenix Bach Choir
P.O. Box 16956
Phoenix, AZ  85011
p: 602-253-2224
f: 602-253-5772


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