1976 seems a long time ago, but that’s when RR was born. Remember direct-to-disc LPs? That’s how we started, but being inexperienced and naïve, our first recording project fell short of expectations, and was never released. The label got started for real in 1978 when we connected with Keith Johnson and his home-brew focused-gap tape machine, which provided extraordinary material for Prof. Johnson’s Astounding Sound Show. That’s the short version; you’ll find more information on our website. In recent years, RR beta-tested and introduced the High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD®) process, co-invented by Keith Johnson -- in our view, the best way to make a digital compact disc.
As Exhibit A, we present RR’s 30th Anniversary Sampler, a singular bargain. For only $9.98, we offer a generous helping of primo tracks from recent RR releases, featuring the Minnesota Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, organ legend Virgil Fox and organ prodigy Felix Hell, great American pianist Gary Graffman, and our latest piano whiz, Joel Fan. All this marvelous music, including several world premieres (and one first release not available elsewhere), is delivered in “Prof.” Johnson’s most dazzling HDCD® sound for your listening pleasure or for system evaluation. Included in the booklet is a catalogue of current RR releases.
1. Susato: La Morisque from the Dansyere
2. Enescu: Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1 (First release)
3. Gabriela Lena Frank: Mestizo Waltz
4. Franz Liszt: Prelude on B-A-C-H
5. Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dance No. 3
6. Franz List: Paraphrase on Verdi's Rigoletto
7. Argento: For the Angel Israfel
8. Danielpour: An American Requiem: Dies Irae
9. Skrowaczewski: Concerto Nicolo (excerpt)
10. John Tavener: Ikon or Eros (excerpt)
11. Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude in D
12. Erik Satie: Gymnopedie No. 1
13. Ottorino Respighi: The Pines of Rome (finale)