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Northern Lights: Choral Works by Ola Gjeilo

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Choral Works by Ola Gjeilo

“The Phoenix Chorale is a wonderful ensemble. It has just the right creamy sound for this music and I cannot imagine it sounding better.” – Fanfare


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  • Classical Vocal Album of the Year on iTunes’ Best of 2012
  • #4 on Billboard Traditional Classical Chart
  • #5 on Gramophone Specialist Classical Chart in the United Kingdom
  • Top-selling title for Chandos Records in the USA for 2012
  • 13 weeks on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Albums chart
  • 6 weeks on Gramophone chart
  • View album booklet

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“Given the way director Charles Bruffy shapes and blends the velvety vocal textures of the fabulous Phoenix Chorale (formerly The Phoenix Bach Choir), his [Ola Gjeilo’s] plush and ecstatic music is well-nigh irresistible.” – American Record Guide

“The 27 professional voices of Arizona-based Phoenix Chorale under Charles Bruffy paint limpid washes of sound with polished intonation, ensemble and balance.” – Choir & Organ Magazine

“The Phoenix Chorale are on top form here, clearly fully at home with their new composer’s music and delighting in every magnetic moment. Charles Bruffy’s vastly-experienced direction is as usual sensitive and technically assured. I am trying not to be too effusive here, because this music (and its singing) had a considerable emotional effect for me. Gjeilo’s poise, depth of humanity and root simplicity comes across in every bar, making this a very memorable experience.” –

“Ola Gjeilo is one of those discoveries that Chandos and Hyperion have been making recently of young composers who write choral music in an approachable idiom… The quality of the performances has clearly contributed to the success of the recording and the sound is excellent…” – 

“If it was in question before, Ola Gjeilo is now officially a rising star, thanks to the release of the album Northern Lights: Choral Works by Ola Gjeilo.” – Houston Press

“The music is wonderful, the performances could not be bettered. Engineering richly captures the choral textures. If you enjoy choral singing and unusual repertory, don’t miss this!” –

 “…I can’t imagine any music lover not being enchanted with this superbly sung album, recorded in spacious Super Audio sound that is simply riveting. Highly recommended!” – Audiophile Audition

February 9, 2013, February 2, 2013, January 26, 2013, January 19, 2013, January 12, 2013,

April 28, 2012, March 24, 2012, March 17, 2012, March 10, 2012, March 3, 2012, February 25, 2012


On February 28, 2012, Chandos released the first ever recording of choral works by young, Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo (Yay-lo), withNorthern Lights.  Performed by Charles Bruffy, the Phoenix Chorale, The Harrington String Quartet, saxophonist Ted Belledin and the composer himself on piano, Northern Lights contains five world premiere recordings and three pieces which were either commissioned, composed, or dedicated to the Phoenix Chorale. Read the news release about this new recording here.

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