Rachmaninov: All-night Vigil / Phoenix Chorale
Catalog: CHSA 5148
Format: Hybrid SACD
Phoenix Chorale; Kansas City Chorale; Bruffy
Composed by: Rachmaninov, Sergey
The Grammy-Award-winning conductor Charles Bruffy brings together his two professional choirs, the Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Chorale, for this recording of Serge Rachmaninoff’s All-night Vigil, a work that stands as the crowning achievement of the ‘Golden Age’ of Russian Orthodox sacred choral music. The recording follows live performances of the work by the combined ensembles in April and May 2014. The Phoenix Chorale and Kansas City Chorale are regarded as among the finest professional choral ensembles in the world. Their recordings have earned a combined total of ten Grammy® nominations and four wins. Building on the success of previous collaborations, these performances marked the seventh time that the two choirs have performed together. Of a 2009 joint performance at Alice Tully Hall in NYC, The New York Times’ Vivien Schweitzer wrote that the choirs ‘performed with a buoyant pulse and energetic finesse’, and praised ‘the choirs’ refined sound and elegant phrasing’.