Austin choral group Conspirare nets 7th Grammy nomination

Austin choral group Conspirare has netted its seventh Grammy nomination Monday morning for its latest CD, “Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings” on the Harmonia Mundi label. Pablo-Neruda-CD-Cover

A tribute Chilean poet and statesman Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), the recording features choral pieces by Austin composer Donald Grantham as well as Shawn Kirchner and Cary Ratcliff.

Early this year, the ensemble won Best Choral Performance  for The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Harmonia Mundi). The album was recorded at Austin’s St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, in February 2013.

Previous nominations were in 2006 for Requiem (Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical), 2008 for Threshold of Night (Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Album), and 2009 for Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert (Best Classical Crossover Album).
Below watch Grantham’s “La cancíon desesperada” as it was performed by Conspirare during at UT’s Bates Recital Hall in Sept. 2014 with Lauren Snouffer (soprano), James K. Bass (bass) and Stephen Redfield (violin). Craig Hella Johnson, conductor.

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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