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CD Release -Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Bach Choir

Friends:

The Phoenix Bach Choir and Charles Bruffy are thrilled to announce the
U.S. release of our first recording together "Shakespeare in Song" on
the Chandos label this Tuesday, September 21. We are honored to be the
first North American choral ensemble to have
solo recording on the Chandos label.

The disc, released on August 9 in the United Kingdom has already
experienced tremendous success. Within the first two weeks of release,
it was the featured CD of the week at ClassicFM which has over 6.5
million listeners per week in the UK. Simon Bates of ClassicFM said,
"It's a terrific collection. I say 'Hey Nonny No', and all that!"

It also reached the following heights:
Number 11 of Amazon.co.uk Classical Hot 100 Albums
-The 100 Classical albums Amazon.co.uk customers couldn't live without
in the last 24 hours.
Number 1 internet sales for Chandos on Chandos.net
Number 1 Chandos Album sold on Amazon UK (over 1,819 CD's)
Number 2 on Hot 25 Classical SACD sales ""(out of 592 CD's)
Number 2 on Hot 25 Opera/Vocal sales ""(6,494 CD's)
Number 15 on Hot 25 Classical Music for Beginners.

The disc should be available at all major retail outlets, as well as the
normal places on the web, or of course we would appreciate it if you
would order your copy directly from us at
602-253-2224 or visit our website www.bachchoir.org.

Below is the official press release from KOCH, our North American
distributor as well as the repertoire list.

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Phoenix Bach Choir Makes Historical Debut as First North American Choir
to Record For UK Chandos Label

New Release “Shakespeare in Song” Features Critically Acclaimed Phoenix
Bach Choir and Renowned Choral Conductor Charles Bruffy

CD Released Exclusively in Dual Layer Hybrid SACD Format Playable on
Both Multichannel and Standard CD Players

On September 21st, The Phoenix Bach Choir makes their historical
recording debut on Chandos Records with “Shakespeare in Song.” This
release marks the first time a North American choir has recorded for the
UK’s largest and most prestigious classical music label. Renowned choral
music conductor Charles Bruffy leads the Phoenix Bach Choir on classic
Shakespeare texts as set by composers Matthew Harris, Frank Martin,
Steven Sametz, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Nils Lindberg, Dominick Argento, Alan
Murray, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Chandos Records has released this CD
as a SACD multi-channel hybrid disc (contains both Super Audio and
normal CD format on one disc).

Ralph Couzens, Managing Director of Chandos Records comments, “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, 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.”

“Shakespeare in Song” is a unique collection of Shakespeare songs, which
will appeal to lovers of song and admirers of the Bard. Shakespeare's
works contain some of the most memorable references to music in the
English language and have inspired some of the finest music –
instrumental, vocal, orchestral and operatic – ever written.

On this new disc, the Phoenix Bach Choir has assembled a comprehensive
anthology of songs on texts by Shakespeare, set by a variety of
composers, to form a memorable marriage of literature and music. The CD
was produced and recorded by acclaimed SACD recording pioneers Blanton
Alspaugh and John Newton at Soundmirror studios in Boston,
Massachusetts.

The critically acclaimed Phoenix Bach Choir, Arizona’s only professional
choral ensemble, is honored to be the first North American choir to
record for the Chandos label. Founded in 1958 as the Bach and Madrigal
Society, the Choir’s original focus was on music of the Renaissance and
Baroque periods, but today it is equally dedicated to the creation and
performance of exciting new music, which is intermingled with more
traditional concert literature. It is regularly heard on broadcasts for
National Public Radio’s Performance Today and was featured on NPR’s
nationally released CD, Christmas Around the Country II.

Charles Bruffy is one of the most highly respected and sought after
Choral conductors in the United States. He has been Conductor and
Artistic Director of the Phoenix Bach Choir since 1999 and of the Kansas
City Chorale since 1988. An active board member of Chorus America, he is
greatly in demand as a clinician and guest conductor, both at home and
abroad, and is dedicated to commissioning and premiering works by
contemporary composers.

Chandos Records Ltd
Chandos Records was founded in 1979 and quickly established itself as
one of the world’s leading independent classical record labels. The
multi-award-winning company produces, sells, markets and distributes its
recordings from its offices and warehouse in the UK and is distributed
worldwide. The company is renowned for its championship of rare and
neglected repertoire and has received many accolades, including a Grammy
and several Gramophone awards for the consistently fine quality of sound
and performance. Through its busy recording schedule, it continues to
add to its substantial catalog of over 2,500 recordings, and release
about eight new discs each month.

KOCH Entertainment
KOCH Entertainment is the leading and fastest-growing independent music
and video company in the U.S. KOCH's operations encompass record and
video labels and distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada. KOCH
Entertainment is the market leader among independents in both the U.S.
and Canada and its record labels had the largest number of Billboard
charting albums among independents in 2002/2003.

For More information, including CD or interview requests, please contact
James Scileppi at (516) 484-1000 Ext. 243 or email
james.scileppi(a)kochent.com

For local (Phoenix area) interviews and information, please contact Joel
Rinsema, Executive Director at (602) 253-2224 or email
office(a)bachchoir.org

Shakespeare in Song

Matthew Harris (b. 1956)
premiere recordings*
>From 'Shakespeare Songs' 14:15
1 Hark! hark! the lark. Adagio (Book I No. 1) 1:22
2 Tell me where is fancy bred. Allegretto (Book II No. 2) 1:43
3 I shall no more to sea. Largo (Book V No. 1)* 1:19
4 When that I was and a little tiny boy. Moderato (Book V No. 4)* 2:33
5 It was a lover and his lass. Gently (Book III No. 1) 2:17
6 O mistress mine! Adagietto (Book III No. 4) 2:22
Robert Comeaux tenor solo
7 When daffodils begin to peer. Lilting, with a beat (Book IV No. 3)*
2:16
Caroline Markham alto solo

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Songs of Ariel from Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' 11:24
8 I Come unto these yellow sands (Ariel's Song). Molto tranquillo 1:32
Carol Platt - Laura Inman - Cassandra Ewer soprano solo
9 II Full fathom five. Très calme 3:25
Jacob W. Herbert baritone solo
10 III Before you can say, 'Come,' and 'Go'. Allegro molto 0:56
11 IV You are three men of sin. Allegro - Adagio - Allegro 4:06
Janet Carlsen Campbell alto solo
12 V Where the bee sucks, there suck I. Allegretto grazioso 1:09

Steven Sametz (b. 1954)
premiere recording
13 When he shall die 4:03
In memoriam Louis Botto
Slowly, with expression - Meno mosso - Poco meno mosso

Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (b. 1963)
Four Shakespeare Songs 11:19
14 1 Come away, come away, death. Andante moderato 3:25
15 2 Lullaby. Andante con moto 2:45
16 3 Double, double toil and trouble. Allegro non troppo ma feroce -
Meno mosso - 2:43
17 4 Full fathom five. Grave 2:14

Nils Lindberg (b. 1933)
18 Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? 2:26
from O, Mistress mine: A Garland of Elizabethan Poetry
Slowly

Dominick Argento (b. 1927)
premiere recording
19 Sonnet No. LXIV 3:20
In memoriam 9/11/01
Molto lento ed elegiaco

Alan Murray (1890-1952)
premiere recording
20 O mistress mine! 1:23
Tranquillo

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Three Shakespeare Songs 6:44
21 1 Full fathom five. Andante misterioso 3:09
22 2 The cloud-capp'd towers. Lento 2:31
23 3 Over hill, over dale. Allegro vivace 0:54
55:52

Joel M. Rinsema
Executive Director
Phoenix Bach Choir
P.O. Box 16956
Phoenix, AZ  85011
p: 602-253-2224
f: 602-253-5772
www.bachchoir.org
office(a)bachchoir.or



 
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