The Kansas City Chorale (www.kcchorale.org) is a professional 24-voice chorus conducted by Charles Bruffy. They perform a four concert series in Kansas City, tour nationwide, and perform with their sister choir, the Phoenix Chorale, also conducted by Mr. Bruffy. During his tenure as conductor, the chorus has achieved international acclaim. Mr. Bruffy, renowned for his fresh interpretations of both traditional and new music, was noted by the New York Times as a disciple of the late Robert Shaw.
The Chorale has produced 10 recordings, three of them with the Phoenix Bach Choir (now the Phoenix Chorale). In 2007, their recording of Alexander Grechaninov's "Passion Week" (recorded jointly with the Phoenix Chorale) was nominated for four GRAMMY awards, and won for Best Engineered Classical Album. In 2008, their CD "Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works," also with the Phoenix Chorale, was nominated for Best Choral Performance and Best Surround Sound Album. In 2012, the Kansas City Chorale's solo recording of "Life and Breath: Music of Rene Clausen" won the Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance. The album also received a grammy for its engineer (John Newton, Sound Mirror, Boston, MA).
All recordings for Chandos Records were recorded using SACD (super audio compact disc) format, a high definition multi-channel format with greatly improved resolution, three dimensional sound, and clarity far beyond that of traditional compact discs.
"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." Craig Zeichner, Ariama.com
"Grechaninov's Passion Week is a companion cycle to his better known, All-night Vigil, and it is wonderful to hear it complete (bits sometime crop up in anthologies here and there, but it's scarcely known outside Russia). The superlatives have already piled up against Charles Bruffy's name, and deservedly so. There can only be one reason for a label to release repertoire they already had in their catalogue, and that is that the new performance is so striking." William Whitehead , BBC Music Magazine - May 2007 Choral/Vocal CD of the Month
Nativitas, American carols (Nimbus Records);,
Fern Hill, American choral music (Nimbus);,
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Rachmaninoff (Nimbus);,
Music of Brahms (Nimbus);,
Alleluia, American hymns (Nimbus);,
Words and Music, music of James Mulholland (Colla Voce);,
Eternal Rest, Frank Martin: Mass, etc. (Chandos Records);,
Passion Week, Alexander Grechaninov (Chandos); (winner for BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, nominated for a total of four Grammy awards, 2007),
Sacred Choral Works of Josef Rheinberger (Chandos) (nominated for two Grammy awards 2008),
Life and Breath: Music of Rene Clausen (Chandos) (winner for BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE and BEST ENGINEERED Grammy awards 2012)