Announcing The First Release In A New Series With The Pittsburgh Symphony!

STRAUSS - Don Juan; Death and Transfiguration and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck, Music Director

Thrilling live performances from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in brilliant audiophile sound! This release is planned as the first in a series of multi-channel hybrid SACD recordings on FRESH! from Reference Recordings. Several additional recordings for the PITTSBURGH LIVE! series are already completed and we expect to release two per year. The next title planned is Bruckner's Fourth Symphony, for spring 2014.

New Reviews: "Richard Strauss was a master when it comes to combining orchestral timbres with deep philosophical concepts, and his orchestration skills are second to none. Even in the darkest and quietest passages of this work there glows an energy like a candle in the black of night. The final ten minutes or so are most impressive, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra players produce a sound to match. And if the mountain of sound they build isn't enough of a jaw-dropper, it's in the final blissful minute or so, that the ever so soft brass section shines so much they almost glow...Definitely a series off to a great start and one to follow." —Jean-Yves Duperron, Classical Sentinal (Canada)

“Now that the Pittsburgh Symphony has signed on with this pioneering label, let us hope they get some more exposure...because they are clearly one of the very best orchestras in the world right now...Finally, a Eulenspiegel that actually sounds as merry as the title suggests ends the disc on a delightful high. Again, the brass play their hearts out, but the other sections are just as well captured and virtuosic. The winds dance, the strings sing, and not for a moment are you bored. Again, Honeck has a really strong sense of what he wants to do; he let's his orchestra do the talking and stays out of the way...Superlative, and a great start to an exciting new partnership.” — Brian Wigman, - complete review

"Honeck is already well known as an extremely fine Strauss conductor, but also one with very definite ideas on how these pieces should be interpreted...his admiration for these works is self-evident from the incandescent playing that he elicits from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra...The 5.1 channel recording was made and post-produced in 64fs DSD and the disc also includes HDCD encoding. This is without doubt an impressive start to what promises to be an exciting showcase for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra" - November 18, 2013, Graham Williams,

Track Listing: Don Juan op. 20; Death and Transfiguration op. 24; Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks op. 28

Strauss - Honeck/Pittsburgh Symphony - FR-707 HYBRID STEREO SACD - $19.98 - Order NOW!


We are truly honored to offer music from this great American orchestra and their renowned conductor, Manfred Honeck. For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been known for its artistic excellence. The PSO has a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, the PSO is critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. They have made more than 35 international tours, and recently returned from their 2013 European Festivals Tour, where enthralled audiences filled the PSO's concerts in Grafenegg, Berlin, Bucharest, Paris, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Lucerne and Bonn. We hope that fans of the PSO worldwide will enjoy this thrilling new release!

This new release and the upcoming series are recorded and mastered by the team at Soundmirror, whose outstanding orchestral, solo, opera, and chamber recordings have received over 70 GRAMMY nominations and awards. Recordings are made in historic Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Originally the Loew's Penn Theater, built in 1927 as an opulent movie house, it was rebuilt and dedicated in 1971 and further renovated in 1995

Strauss - Honeck/Pittsburg Symphony - FR-707 HYBRID STEREO SACD - $19.98