Kansas City Chorale and Charles Bruffy receive 2 GRAMMY Nominations
for Life and Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen
Nominations for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced December 5, 2012 and the Kansas City Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, has been nominated for 2 GRAMMY Awards for their recording: Life & Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen. including nominations for “Best Engineered Album, Classical” and “Best Choral Performance.” Released on Chandos Records, this is the first recording dedicated entirely to the music of René Clausen by a professional choir.
Trailer for “Life and Breath” featuring Charles Bruffy
Trailer for “Life and Breath” featuring composer René Clausen
Trailer for “Life and Breath” featuring Charles Bruffy and composer René Clausen
"…Tuning is impeccable, and blend is faultless… Diction is clear and tone varies easily by mood, though projection is slightly restrained, as is Bruffy’s way. The sound and artistry are exemplary. Many a soprano section I’ve heard on disc lately could take a lesson from this choir’s superb singers on how to negotiate leaping high notes… To anyone who enjoys beautifully crafted, thought-provoking but accessible choral music, this release is most highly recommended."
"A precise and expressive interpretation of the Kansas City choir directed by Charles Bruffy makes this recording a very nice record…"
"‘Life and Breath’ has a pleasing choice of liturgical and sacred texts, and René Clausen’s word-setting is always appropriate and approachable to listeners… bright, youthful, polished singing, giving Clausen’s music fine advocacy. It’s also good to listen to new, fresh settings of words that are well known through other composer’s work… his [Clausen] choral works deserve wider international recognition and would be worth additions to the choral repertoire."
"René Clausen is the longtime conductor of the Concordia Choir at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and one of the most beloved choral composers in the United States and worldwide… Clausen’s music is freewheeling, tonal, slightly eclectic, and beautifully wedded to the texts he chooses, more often than not religious in nature yet devoid of any sort of overt-sugary sentimentality. His melodies are exceptionally expressive while his harmonies perfectly support the communicative abilities of his intentions. This well-selected collection highlights his career from early to more recent… Bruffy’s forces are in top notch condition while Chandos’s capturing of the ambience at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Kansas City translates into truly superb surround sound, from the mellow pianissimos to the forceful fortes, spread to perfection among all the speakers. A record to cherish."
"…’Life and Breath’ is another in a string of great Kansas City Chorale recordings for Chandos. The Kansas City Chorale is a marvelously responsive choir who communicate all the subtle nuances that makes Clausen’s music so special. They sing with tonal purity, beautiful blend and plenty of character. Chandos’s audio quality is worthy of such fine performances and captures the Chorale with a natural, warm sound."
"This music is highly attractive, and often much more than that… fabulously well sung by a choir totally at home in the style…"
International Record Review
"…The singing of the Kansas City Chorale is absolutely first class… I’ve been most impressed by my first encounter with the music of René Clausen. His music is beautifully crafted and it is very evident that the words he is setting matter a great deal to him. …it has been superbly served by Charles Bruffy and his flawless choir."