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The Madonna wins Grammy Award

Phoenix, AZ (March 10, 2009) - The Madonna has won a Grammy Award! The Blessed Mother was bestowed with the music industry's highest honor just last month.

The album, entitled Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary, is an international anthology of Marian hymns. It is a unique recording featuring 20th and 21st century musical settings of ancient texts about the Virgin Mary. Performed by the Phoenix Chorale, Arizona's professional a cappella choir, and released in October 2008, the inspiration for this album came from a special Mother's Day concert performed by the Phoenix Chorale to honor the greatest mother of all, the Blessed Virgin. The Phoenix Chorale's recording Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary won the Grammy in the Best Small Ensemble Performance category at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 8, 2009, and dedicates this prestigious award to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

"I was delighted to learn we would be honoring Our Lady with a recording," said Matthew Scott, Roman Catholic Cantor and baritone with the Phoenix Chorale. "Composers have always written only their very best for the Blessed Virgin, and we singers are always inspired to use our voices in the most beautiful way possible to appropriately praise the Virgin Mary. My excitement about this project escalated when we found the ease with which the compositions complemented each other, as well as the exquisite harmonies on each hymn. I suspect this is due to Mary's very nature: the music She inspires is always filled with tremendous joy, humility, grace, and healing. She has certainly inspired something very sacred in this work."

Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary features noted living composers including Americans Stephen Paulus, Jean Belmont Ford and English composer Cecilia McDowall. The album also features two Marian pieces by Javier Busto, a Spanish composer highly regarded for his sacred choral compositions. Additional compositions are by Healey Willan (Canada), Benjamin Britten and Herbert Howells (England).

"Choral singing just doesn't get much better than this. When it comes to purity of tone, daunting precision and superfine blend, Charles Bruffy's remarkable Phoenix Chorale have it all - and then some!" - Gramophone

"Given the transcendent nature of the music and the performances, spiritual satisfaction is guaranteed, whatever your religious proclivities." - International Record Review

"The more I hear of the American Phoenix Chorale, the more I admire their work." - BBC Music Magazine

The Phoenix Chorale, under the direction of Charles Bruffy, Artistic Director, earned a total of four nominations for the 51st annual Grammy Awards. The album, Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary, was nominated for "Best Classical Album" and "Best Small Ensemble Performance." The Phoenix Chorale's joint recording with the Kansas City Chorale, Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works, was nominated for "Best Choral Performance" and "Best Surround Sound Album." Last year the Phoenix Chorale, along with the Kansas City Chorale, was nominated for four Grammy awards for their joint recording, Grechaninov: Passion Week, for which it won a Grammy for "Best Engineered Album, Classical." All of the recordings were released on the Chandos Records label. For information about the Phoenix Chorale, please visit www.phoenixchorale.org.

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Media Contacts: Donna Corcoran
Board Member
PHOENIX CHORALE
(623) 594-4575
donna@phoenixchorale.org

Also: Jen Rogers
Director of Marketing & Communications
PHOENIX CHORALE
(480) 204-0101
jen@phoenixchorale.org

Contact

Phoenix Chorale
http://www.phoenixchorale.org
AZ, 85310 US
Donna Corcoran - Board Member, 623 5944575

Keywords

Marian Music

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Marian

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