Houston Chamber Choir Releases CD of Duruflé: Complete Choral Works

Houston Chamber Choir Releases CD of Duruflé: Complete Choral Works on Apr. 5 on British Label Signum Records

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HOUSTON, March 28, 2019 – Houston Chamber Choir’s new recording of Duruflé: Complete Choral Works, produced by Grammy® Award winning producer Blanton Alspaugh for Signum Records, will be released Apr. 5. The Choir’s Artistic Director Robert Simpson joins renowned organist Ken Cowan of Rice University to help realize a dream of creating an iconic Houston Chamber Choir work of art. Signum Classics is one of the United Kingdom’s leading independent classical labels and home to diverse and eclectic repertoire by some of the finest artists and singers from around the world.

The choral works of 20th century French composer Maurice Duruflé, like his organ works, are small in number but beautifully crafted. Frequently written and rewritten, Duruflé was a composer who rethought and reconfigured his music until he had to let go of it. Often described as a man out of step with his times, his pieces look back to Gregorian chant and plainsong when the musical life of his home city of Paris was steeped in radical new compositional ideas – perhaps a testament to Duruflé’s enduring love of France’s choral heritage.

According to Yale University professor emeritus and King's Singers Founding Member and original Musical Director Simon Carrington, "I have listened to many recordings and performances of Durufle’s glorious choral music over the years, but this sumptuous new release captures its unique qualities better than any – with wonderfully radiant and flexible singing from the Houston Chamber Choir under their director Robert Simpson. Ken Cowan’s fluid playing, his colourful registrations on the magnificent organ at Rice University, the warm but not overly reverberant acoustic, the fine, vibrant vocal soloists, Norman Fischer’s superb cello playing and the refined and elegant singing of the choir combine in a superb recording to be treasured."

 The CD is now on sale for pre-order for $15 with autographed copies for $20. Visit 
https://houstonchamberchoir.org/durufle-complete-choral-works to order now.

A CD release party will be held Apr. 5 at the stylish Poitín Bar and Kitchen, 2313 Edwards St., at 7 p.m. The event will toast all who made the album possible, especially Houston Chamber Choir’s generous underwriters, and allow eager guests to mix and mingle while enjoying the company of the choir and musicians featured on the album. To learn more, visit https://houstonchamberchoir.org/durufle-complete-choral-works. Beverage passes will be provided to guests who RSVP to Mariam Khalili at Mariam@houstonchamberchoir.org.

Featured on the Houston Chamber Choir’s new CD are:

Ken Cowan, organ (Professor of Organ at The Shepherd School, Rice University)
Norman Fischer, cello (Professor of Cello at The Shepherd School, Rice University)
Cecilia Duarte, mezzo-soprano
Eduardo Tercero, baritone

 Messe “Cum Jubilo” (men’s voice)
Ken Cowan, organ

Notre Père (a cappella)

Quatre Motets (a cappella)

Ubi caritas
Tota pulchra es
Tu es Petrus
Tantum ergo

The Houston Chamber Choir continues to be recognized for its outstanding work. In 2018, the organization received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America, the advocacy, research and leadership development organization that advances the choral field. Most recently, the Choir was invited to participate in the prestigious World Symposium on Choral Music 2020 (WSCM2020), to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2020, where 24 of the best choral ensembles in the world will perform. The festival, held every three years in different locations across the globe, received a record 179 entries this year. This is the first such invitation for the Houston Chamber Choir.
Houston Chamber Choir opened its 23rd season last September with “This Is Why I Sing.” The next concert is Tarik O’Regan’s “Mass Observation” on Apr. 13 at St. Philip Presbyterian Church. Tickets are now on sale.
For more information about Houston Chamber Choir or to purchase tickets for concerts, visit us at houstonchamberchoir.org.

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About Houston Chamber Choir
The Houston Chamber Choir has established itself as one of the premier professional choirs in the United States, serving Houston through concerts and educational initiatives that enlighten, entertain, and educate people of all ages. Winner of Chorus America’s 2018 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, it has been described by The Tallis Scholars founder Peter Phillips as “one of this country’s leading ensembles.” The Choir also received The American Prize for best choral performance in the country and its Artistic Director Robert Simpson received the award in the conducting category in 2015. The Chamber Choir recently finished recording their fifth CD, The Complete Choral Works of Maurice Duruflé, with organist Ken Cowan in April 2018.

Led by Artistic Director Robert Simpson, the Houston Chamber Choir is composed of 20 professional singers, most of whom have studied at the top music schools and conservatories in the United States including Julliard, New England Conservatory, University of Houston, and the University of Texas. These musicians are selected through rigorous auditions from the finest singers in our region and are compensated for all rehearsals and performances.

Photo Caption: The Houston Chamber Choir’s new CD, Duruflé: Complete Choral Works, will be released Apr. 5 by Signum Records, a renowned British classical music label.