5.1 Surround and Stereo SACD, Stereo CD with HDCD
The 2015 release on compact disc garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Engineering. Reference Recordings now presents this recording in brilliant SACD Surround Sound. Already widely praised for outstanding performances and sonics, now surround sound listeners will hear the all-encompassing 3-D realism and power of the Kansas City Symphony and soloists Jan Kraybill (organ), Noah Geller (violin) and Mark Gibbs (cello). Conductor Michael Stern's interpretations of these great works were captured by the team of Grammy award-winners Keith O. Johnson (engineer, surround mastering) and David Frost (producer). Others on the team include Sean Martin (engineer) and Graemme Brown (SACD authoring).
The Kansas City Symphony has released four previous titles with RR to great acclaim – Shakespeare's Tempest, the Grammy-winning Britten's Orchestra, an Elgar/Vaughan Williams project and most recently, Miraculous Metamorphoses, which highlights composers Hindemith, Prokofiev and Bartók. Two additional projects have been recorded and slated for future release, including the music of contemporary American composer Adam Schoenberg (recorded in June 2014) and Gustav Holst: The Planets and Ballet Music from The Perfect Fool (recorded in January 2015).
The Kansas City Symphony is the region's only full-time professional symphony orchestra. Led by Music Director Michael Stern since 2005, the Symphony has experienced impressive artistic growth, garnering national and international acclaim. The orchestra's 80 full-time musicians are area residents, and each season they reach more than a million people through their concerts, educational programs and community outreach performances. They also serve as the orchestra for the Lyric Opera and the Kansas City Ballet.
Camille Saint-Saens, composer
Michael Stern, conductor
Jan Kraybill, organ
Noah Geller, violin
Mark Gibbs, cello
Kansas City Symphony