Conspirare's "Sacred Spirit of Russia" Wins Best Choral Performance at The Grammy Awards!
2015 BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE GRAMMY® WINNER
"This music has waited a long time for a champion, and Conspirare do it proud."
Austin, Texas choral group Conspirare received the GRAMMY® Award for Best Choral Performance at Sunday afternoon’s pre-telecast awards ceremony. Artistic director Craig Hella Johnson accepted the award, given for the group’s 2014 harmonia mundi recording The Sacred Spirit of Russia, produced by Robina Young.
This is Conspirare's sixth nomination and first GRAMMY® win. In a brief acceptance speech, Johnson said, “We love being in Austin. We’re so grateful to be making music in that great city.
I want to thank harmonia mundi, Robina Young and Brad Michel, our amazing collaborators. And a special thanks to Vladimir Morosan and Musica Russica, without whom this project would not have been possible."
To understand and partake of the Sacred Spirit of Russia requires one, first and foremost, to experience the beauty and splendor of the Russian Orthodox liturgy, which has been an integral part of the Eastern Slav identity for over a thousand years. The sacred music of the New Russian Choral School features sublime settings of the liturgy that draw on a rich history of Orthodox chants and native traditions, creating music of unprecedented color and textural richness. Following the lead of Tchaikovsky, composers such as Kastalsky, Gretchaninov, Tchesnokov, Rachmaninov and a host of others have left us a treasure-trove of musical delights. Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare (featuring the astounding basso profundo Glenn Miller) present a glorious sampling of some of their finest works in this genre.