Phoenix Chorale: “Spotless Rose”

One of the leading Choral Ensembles in North America is the Phoenix Chorale, an ensemble directed by Charles Bruffy.  This week we feature the Phoenix Chorale’s Grammy nominated recording of titled “Spotless Rose.” A recording which highlights contemporary compositions devoted to the Virgin Mary.

Charles Bruffy is also the conductor of the critically acclaimed Kansas City Chorale. With his work with these ensembles, he has successfully proved himself as a successor to the choral greats like Robert Shaw, Alice Parker and Moses Hogan.  The sensitive performancs rendered by the Phoenix Chorale on Stephen Paulus’ “Splendid Jewel” is a testament to his skill and that of his ensemble.

Our quick pick this week is from the 28-year-old piano prodigy, Jonathan Biss. This recording with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of Mozart’s Piano Concertos Numbers 21 and 22 is recently released on EMI Classics.

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Ford, Jean Belmont (b. 1939): Electa: Magnificat
Charles Bruffy/Phoenix Chorale — Spotless Rose (Chandos , 2008)
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Ford, Jean Belmont (b. 1939): Electa: Magnificat
Charles Bruffy/Phoenix Chorale — Spotless Rose (Chandos , 2008)
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Britten, Benjamin (1913-1976): A Hymn to the Virgin
Charles Bruffy/Phoenix Chorale — Spotless Rose (Chandos, 2008)
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Paulus, Stephen (b. 1949): Splendid Jewel
Charles Bruffy/Phoenix Chorale — Spotless Rose (Chandos, 2008)
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Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791): Piano Concerto No. 21 in C K. 467: Allegro maestoso
Jonathan Biss, p.; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — Mozart Piano Concertos (EMI Classics, 2008)
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Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791): Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat K. 482: Allegro
Jonathan Biss, p.; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — Mozart Piano Concertos (EMI Classics, 2008)
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David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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  • Rita Wood

    ooooooo! I’ll have to order this one! Cynthia and I are fans of the Virgin and this will be a good addition to our collection. Good choice,
    My Guru!

  • risi13

    Where did you order it from Rita? I tried the wfi site and couldn't find the link to order, and when I googled phoenix spotless rose, all I found was Phoenix florists and jewellery. I love this chorale recording, too bad David Wood, the host keeps interrupting. I want to order a record.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wooddm David Wood

    You can find the amazon link on the right hand side of the post’s page. http://indianapublicmedia.org/arts/phoenix-chorales-spotless-rose/

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