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Life and Breath - Choral works by Rene Clausen / Kansas City Chorale

> All that Hath Life and Breath Praise the Lord - All that Hath Life and Breath Praise the Lord
> O magnum mysterium - O magnum mysterium
> The Tyger - The Tyger
> The Lamb - The Lamb
> Mass - Kyrie
> Mass - Gloria
> Mass - Credo
> Mass - Sanctus
> Mass - Agnus Dei
> Magnificat - Magnificat
> Prayer - Prayer
> O vos omnes - O vos omnes
> A New Creation - A New Creation: Set me as a seal

Album Summary

>Clausen, Rene : All That Hath Life and Breath, Praise Ye the Lord, for chorus
>Clausen, Rene : O magnum mysterium, for chorus
>Clausen, Rene : The Tyger, for chorus
>Clausen, Rene : The Lamb, for chorus
>Clausen, Rene : Mass for double chorus
>Clausen, Rene : Magnificat
>Clausen, Rene : Prayer, for chorus
>Clausen, Rene : O Vos Omnes, for chorus
>Clausen, Rene : Set Me As A Seal, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Although he writes in all genres, René Clausen is today one of America's most popular choral composers, and for more than twenty years he has been the conductor of the internationally acclaimed Concordia Choir of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. On this release, choral works by Clausen are performed by the Kansas City Chorale, another choir of great international renown, whose recording, with the Phoenix Chorale, of Grechaninov's Passion Week won a Grammy® award in 2008, in the category Best Classical Recording, Engineering. 'Set me as a Seal' is arguably the composer's best-known work, and has long been popular at weddings, funerals, and in the concert repertoire. Clausen has described the work as 'various kinds of discussions between God and humans, both from the human aspect and from the God aspect, so a lot of variations... of love, of disappointment, of anxiety, of doubt'. All that hath life and breath is one of Clausen's earliest works, and a favorite of choirs across the world. The Mass for Double Choir was commissioned by the Kansas City Chorale. The composer, who had never written a mass before, looked on it as an 'interesting challenge'. In the work emotions ebb and flow kaleidoscopically, taking the listener from the strength of the unison writing at the opening, to the sorrowful falling lines of the Crucifixion of Christ and the bubbling, dancing figures for the Resurrection. Expressions of praise spill forward atop one another in the Sanctus, a choir of angels too exuberant to be contained.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
The folks at Chandos certainly knew what they were doing when they signed Charles Bruffy and his stupendous choirs, which have garnered the label two Grammy awards since 2007. I won't belabor their manifold choral virtues here; suffice it to say that there are few, if any, American choirs that can top them, and you simply won't believe the supreme quality Guides.qxd 9/26/2012 12:33 PM Page 117 of their work until you've experienced it for yourself. The incredibly rich and detailed Super-Audio sound will astound you (even in standard stereo mode); the booklet is detailed, informative, and complete. Above all, here is a composer that every contemporary choral buff needs to know.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kansas City, Missouri, USA (01/15/2011-01/17/2011).



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Works Details

>Clausen, Rene : All That Hath Life and Breath, Praise Ye the Lord, for chorus
  • Performer: Sarah Tannehill
  • Conductor: Charles Bruffy
  • Ensemble: Kansas City Chorale
  • Notes: Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kansas City, Missouri, USA (01/15/2011-01/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Clausen, Rene : O magnum mysterium, for chorus
  • Performer: Pamela Williamson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Bruffy
  • Notes: Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kansas City, Missouri, USA (01/15/2011-01/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Clausen, Rene : The Tyger, for chorus
  • Performer: Rebecca Lloyd (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Bruffy
  • Notes: Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kansas City, Missouri, USA (01/15/2011-01/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Clausen, Rene : The Lamb, for chorus
  • Performer: Lindsay Lang
  • Conductor: Charles Bruffy
  • Notes: Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kansas City, Missouri, USA (01/15/2011-01/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Clausen, Rene : Mass for double chorus
  • Performer: Sarah Tannehill
  • Conductor: Charles Bruffy
  • Notes: Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kansas City, Missouri, USA (01/15/2011-01/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2011

>Clausen, Rene : Magnificat
  • Performer: Pamela Williamson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Bruffy
  • Notes: Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kansas City, Missouri, USA (01/15/2011-01/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Clausen, Rene : Prayer, for chorus
  • Conductor: Charles Bruffy
  • Notes: Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kansas City, Missouri, USA (01/15/2011-01/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Clausen, Rene : O Vos Omnes, for chorus
  • Performers: Matthew Gladden; Sarah Tannehill
  • Conductor: Charles Bruffy
  • Notes: Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kansas City, Missouri, USA (01/15/2011-01/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Clausen, Rene : Set Me As A Seal, for chorus
  • Conductor: Charles Bruffy
  • Notes: Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kansas City, Missouri, USA (01/15/2011-01/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary