Naxos, the world’s largest classical music label, has released Infinity: Choral Works featuring the works of composer Kim André Arnesen and performed by Kantorei, a professional-caliber choir based in Denver, Colorado. The recording includes 12 tracks, many of which were commissioned by Kantorei or are world-premiere recordings. The album is Kantorei’s first recording to be released by Naxos.
Pre-orders have been available since December, which have helped propel the recording onto featured lists via Amazon, iTunes, and Apple Music. Songs featured on the album include Cradle Hymn, Making or Breaking, Even When He Is Silent, Infinity, and Flight Song, and many tracks feature Kantorei singers as soloists.
Kantorei’s Artistic Director, Joel Rinsema, says that “Kantorei is honored to release its first professional recording with Naxos. As the world’s leading classical music label, Naxos’ commitment to providing the best possible access to recorded classical music in the world provides Kantorei the opportunity to expand its artistic reach beyond Denver’s rich cultural community.”
Of Arnesen, Rinsema says, “As a rising star in the choral world, Kim André Arnesen composes music that is heartfelt and filled with artistic and emotional integrity. Audiences around the world will be moved by our performances of his fresh and unique writing.”
Infinity was recorded by GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Blanton Alspaugh and engineer John Newton, both of Soundmirror. Says Alspaugh, “Joel Rinsema and Kantorei sang a challenging program of new music with insight and style. It was a rewarding collaboration for all of us.” The project received significant financial support from Kantorei’s 30/30/30 crowdfunding campaign, and was recorded at First Plymouth Congregational Church in Cherry Hills Village, CO.
Kantorei is a Denver-based, professional-caliber volunteer choir of 50+ members led by Joel Rinsema. Kantorei was founded in 1997 and this year is performing its 21st concert season. Kantorei is a nationally-recognized ensemble; performance highlights include the National ACDA Conference and a tour through France and Italy, which culminated in a performance at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Rinsema, whose previous conducting credits include the GRAMMY® Award-winning Phoenix Chorale, was recently appointed as the North American Choral Promotion Manager at Oxford University Press. www.kantorei.org