A new symphonic tour-de-force from Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony! This colorful, beloved English music composed by Edward Elgar and Vaughan Williams has been captured by Grammy-winning engineer Keith O. Johnson and produced by Grammy-winner David Frost.
"In its openhearted commitment to letting Elgar's orchestration serve as the interpretative guide, and so moving mostly at a leasirely pace where everything that's going can be properly heard, this performance could also serve as any person's guide to the instruments of the orchestra...It's one of those satisfying instances where the recording engineer has caught perfectly the sound and sense of being there...with the sheer presence and weight that real sound possesses." - Laurence Vittes, Gramophone
"This new recording engineered by Keith Johnson is typical of the Professor's natural sound, accorded transparency and depth. He records the Kansas City Symphony beautifully - Elgar's very particular orchestration and dynamic markings have not been captured better on record. The Wasps, especially the fantastic overture, is underrated Vaughan Williams." - Anthony Kershaw, Audiophilia.com
The Kansas City Symphony garnered tremendous critical acclaim for their first project on Reference Recordings, incidental music for The Tempest by Sullivan and Sibelius. Their second release on RR, Britten's Orchestra, received a Grammy for Best Surround Sound for both the engineer and producer, as well as rave reviews everywhere!
RR was thrilled to work again with conductor Michael Stern, the son of famed violinist Isaac Stern. Now in his eighth season as music director, the Kansas City Symphony has been much praised for its remarkable artistic growth and development since his tenure began. He is also the founder of the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee, and in addition to RR, has recorded for Sony, Hyperion, Denon, Arabesque and Naxos.
Producer David Frost has won Grammy awards in 2005, 2009 and 2011 for Classical Producer of the Year. He has produced a large roster of stars and Grammy-winning titles. RR was most honored to work with him again on this project.
This magnificent symphonic recording with the Kansas City Symphony is now available as a multi-channel hybrid SACD! The disc contains both 5.1 surround and stereo SACD layers, as well as a stereo compact disc layer made with the HDCD process for higher fidelity.
Edward Elgar (composer)
Vaughan Williams (composer)
Michael Stern (conductor)
Kansas City Symphony
Elgar - Enigma Variations - Williams - The Wasps / Greensleeves - Stern - Kansas City Symphony Track Listing:
1. The Wasps Aristophanic Suite - Overture (Vaughan Williams)
2. The Wasps Aristophanic Suite - Entra'acte, molto moderato (Vaughan Williams)
3. The Wasps Aristophanic Suite - March Past of the Kitchen Utensils (Vaughan Williams)
4. The Wasps Aristophanic Suite - Entr'acte, andante (Vaughan Williams)
5. The Wasps Aristophanic Suite - Ballet and Final Tableau (Vaughan Williams)
6. Fantasia on "Greensleeves" (Vaughan Williams)
7-20. Variations on an Original Theme "Enigma, Op. 36 (Edward Elgar)