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
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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.
"The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra plays these three masterly symphonic poems with virtuosity, great feeling and a glorious patina of string tone, and the rich hall resonance is well caught by the SACD recording. But what make these performances so outstanding are Manfred Honeck's interpretations, which vividly bring out the music's emotional and pictorial detail...This is one of the outstanding Strauss CDs of the year." —Ivan March, Gramophone 3/14, Editor's Choice
“This is quite a disc. Manfred Honeck's live performances from June 2012 bring so much to admire, not least a thrilling electricity, heaps of chutzpah, revelatory detail and sparky temperament...just sit back and marvel at the PSO's breathtaking sheen, swaggering virtuosity and remarkable composure (fabulous horns throughout)...In short, an exceptionally stimulating and hugely charismatic Strauss anthology. Do try and hear it for yourselves!” —Andrew Achenbach, ClassicalEar
"From the first note, one hears an immediate and direct sound, with instruments on a wide, deep soundstage that begins at the speaker plane and extends deeply. The ambience is enveloping...This is a thrilling disc." --Kalman Rubinson, Stereophile Records 2 Die 4
"This particular combination of three of the composer's greatest tone poems has not heretofore appeared together in surround sound, and it is a particular pleasure to enjoy this combination played with such dedication and verve by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck." --Barry Forshaw, CD Choice (UK)
"Manfred Honeck is one of the few conductors who may call themselves successors of the greatest, Karajan und Co. On this SACD, this outstanding musician conducts a Strauss program which one must count among the best having been published in the last years." - Pizzicato.lu (a music magazine from Luxemburg)
"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 - SA-CD.net
Strauss - Honeck/Pittsburg Symphony - FR-707 HYBRID STEREO SACD - $19.98
PORTRAITS OF COLORADO
An American Symphony No. 1
and Six Variations for violin and piano
Scott O’Neil, conductor
The Colorado Symphony and Chorus
SAN FRANCISCO - “PORTRAITS OF COLORADO, An American Symphony No.1” is
the first in a series of symphonies composed by Charles Denler. Inspired by a sunrise over the Rocky Mountains, and the incredible works of American painter, Jerry Malzahn, this first symphony carries with it a theme of hope and of new beginnings.
Charles Denler’s multiple Emmy Award-winning music for film and television is known worldwide, and his orchestral works have been played by top orchestras. Charles’ classical training and strong proficiency with contemporary sound allow him great flexibility and
versatility as a composer and pianist. On this album, the Colorado Symphony and Chorus perform his tuneful and evocative music with great style. We are delighted to present the
premiere recording of his new symphony on Fresh! from Reference Recordings.
REVIEW: Symphony No. 1...a suite of 10 brief movements each with a descriptive title. These are beautiful miniatures, some with a distant chorus singing in Latin...Audio, as usual with Reference Recordings when working in a fine hall, is superb, rich and defined. --Robert E. Benson, ClassicalCDreview.com
"Part traditional symphony, with echoes of a film score, the solo contributions, choral work, and additional instrumentals are all superb. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Chorus pour their hearts into this music, and the sonic quality is naturally as clear and crisp as mountain air." —Brian Wigman, Classical.Net
"You can almost see the red sunsets, the golden clouds scudding across the Rocky Mountain skies, the icy rivulets running through alpine valleys, the wild horses running in slow motion and smell the highh pine forests, such is the pictorial, film-score quality of the 28-minute Portraits..." —Records International
Portraits of Colorado, An American Symphony No. 1
Movement No. 1 - Rocky Mountain Odyssey; Movement No. 2 - The Sangre de Cristos; Movement No. 3 - A Walk In The White Forest; Movement No. 4 - Where Wild Horses Run; Movement No. 5 - The Dance; Movement No. 6 - Ranch In The Highland; Movement No. 7 - Sunset Over Longs Peak; Movement No. 8 - Moment At Dawn; Movement No. 9 - The Columbine’s Tribute; Movement No. 10 - Mountain Odyssey, reprise with finale
Six Variations for piano and violin
Variation No. 1 – Colorado Portraits; Variation No. 2 – Moment At Dawn; Variation No. 3 – Vivet I; Variation No. 4 – A Walk At Sunrise; Variation No. 5 – A Glimpse of Longs Peak; Variation No. 6 – The White Forest, freshly falling snow
A Sound Sample at SoundCloud
Denler's Portraits of Colorado - RR-706CD $14.98
Andrés Segovia Archive
Roberto Moronn Pérez
A SUPERB NEW CLASSICAL GUITAR RECORDING
The genesis for this unique project is a collection of pieces recovered in May 2001 at Segovia's home in Spain. These pieces were dedicated to Segovia or commissioned by him, involving composers from eight countries. They were subsequently published as “The Segovia Archive Series”
by Edizione Musicale Bčrben.
Guitarist Roberto Moronn Pérez researched these newly recovered works and found some pieces that had never been recorded, and those that had were handicapped by poor visibility in the marketplace and limited distribution. This realization sparked the thought that here was an opportunity: a series of recordings organized around the nationalities of the composers in the Segovia Archive. The Spanish composers recorded here are the first in the series,to be followed soon by an album of the French composers.
Spanish-born Roberto Moronn Pérez studied in Madrid, Italy and the UK, graduating with first-class honours and a degree in Musicology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He completed a postgraduate
program at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London,where he received the Julian Bream Prize and was selected to participate at the Wigmore Hall Award. A prize-winner of many international competitions, Roberto has appeared as soloist in Spain, Switzerland, Italy, the USA, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Germany and Japan, and in concert with numerous Spanish orchestras. Recently, he played the famous Concierto de Aranjuez with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.
This new album was recorded in the lovely acoustics of Holy Trinity Church, Weston, Hertfordshire, U.K. It was produced, recorded and edited by the outstanding U.K. engineer John Taylor. Mastering is by Reference Recordings’ own Grammy®-winning engineer
Keith O. Johnson.
New Review: "A fine performance and recording of guitar selections mostly not before recorded...
Spanish-born Perez is an accomplished guitarist." —John Sunier, Audiophile Audition
Track Listing: Vicente Arregui (1871 – 1925) 1 Canción lejana; Tres piezas líricas: 2 Intermedio, 3 Confidencia, 4 Campesina; Pedro Sanjuán (1886 – 1976) 5 Una leyenda; Gaspar Cassadó (1897 – 1966) 6 Catalanesca, 7 Canción de Leonardo, 8 Sardana Chigiana, 9 Preámbulo y Sardana, 10 Leyenda Catalana; Padre Donostia (1886 – 1956) 11 Errimina (Nostalgia); Jaume Pahissa (1880 – 1969) 12 Canço en el mar, Tres temas de recuerdos: 13 Preludio - Por el viejo camino, 14 Diálogo, 15 Danza lejana; Federico Mompou (1893 – 1987) 16 Canción y Danza
FR-705HDCD - Roberto Moronn Pérez - Andrés Segovia Archive - $14.98
DOIN' WHAT IT TAKES
“…you know who's really good is this guy named Lloyd Jones, also out of Portland; he writes great songs, blues and R&B…” –Robert Cray
A gifted singer, songwriter, guitarist and respected band leader, Lloyd Jones writes timeless music, steeped in a rich musical history learned, lived and loved over four decades. “This is not a work of science. It’s about attitude and joy that applies to all age groups. I’m addicted to this music,” declares Jones.Jones’ new CD, “Doin’ What It Takes” showcases 7 originals plus rare gems from Leiber and Stoller, Maceo Merriweather and Gerald ‘Lonnie’ Russ.
Joe Louis Walker, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Coco Montoya and former band mate Curtis Salgado, have all recorded his songs. And Delbert McClinton sings his praises, “When I heard Lloyd Jones live for the first time in January 1999, it was like exhaling after holding my breath for fifteen years!"
Blues Revue calls Doin' What It Takes Tasteful and Refreshing
He’s a musician’s musician and a crowd-pleasing, energetic showman. He’s earned every fan he has the hard way. What he does, he says, is “combine New Orleans rhythms, the simplicity of Memphis music, and the rawness of the blues, all for the 21st century. This music is not about louder and faster. It’s about time, meter, groove. I thought Muddy and Walter and those guys were pushing the envelope in their era. They were using effects, they were inventing their own sound. They were modern. I want to look at it in a contemporary way.”
Jones is a member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, and recipient of 31 Muddy Awards from the Cascade Blues Association, including Lifetime Achievement. -- Visit Lloyd's Website
Track Listing: 1 Bend In The River; 2 I’ll Be Right On Down (Leiber – Stoller, Modern Music Pub. Co., BMI); 3 Without You; 4 Doing What It Takes; 5 I Can’t Stop; 6 Never Again; 7 Give A Little; 8 My Wife Can’t Cook; 9 Worried Life Blues (Maceo Merriweather, MCA Duchess Music Corp/Wabash Music Co., BMI); 10 Ruby Do;
NOTE: All Songs by L. Jones, Struggletime Music, BMI except as noted and 8 written by Gerald L. Russ, Lajesse J., BMI and 7 and 10 by L. Jones, G. Holstrom, Struggletime Music, BMI
FR-704CD - DOIN' WHAT IT TAKES - $14.98
BRAND NEW EYES
MacLeod has been a beacon of unquestionably honest roots-music since the 1970s. On Brand New Eyes, he presents 11 original songs. He is the rare artist who writes and sings songs that are based on his own life and experiences. A 2011 Blues Music Award nominee and an American troubadour. Glenn Nishida at Pacifica Studios was the recording engineer, and our own Keith Johnson did the final mastering. Keith states it has very good sonics and sends it out with his blessing! Doug's music and recordings are beloved by blues fans and by audiophiles alike (he had several hits in past years on the Audioquest label) and we are proud to present Brand New Eyes to you! Visit Doug's Website
also a video of "Brand New Eyes."
Track Listing: Brand New Eyes, Something Dark is Walking, The Train of Change, Midnight in Memphis, Zu-Zu Woman, One Eyed Owl, Somewhere South of Somewhere (instrumental), I Rolled a Nickel, The Nature of the Man. Some Old Blues Song (aka I Can Count on My Blues). Welcome In Your Home
New Review: "Doug MacLeod is the consummate acoustic blues musician – a gifted songwriter, expressive vocalist and superb guitar player... And the superb sonic qualities of this recording are exactly what you would expect from a label that is part of the Reference Recordings group, a label with a long history of audiophile-quality releases. No questions here – this one comes highly recommended!!" —Mark Thompson,president of the Crossroads Blues Society in Rockford. IL.
FR-703CD - Brand New Eyes - $14.98
Our Second Fresh! Release
THE HUMAN HOLIDAY
Sleight of Mind
The revelations in this comedy may change your life!
• This amazingly quirky radio play in the British style was a smash success on public radio in the 1980s.
• Mind-bending sonic effects and processing by RR's own Prof. Keith O. Johnson.
• Newly available for the first time on compact disc, The Human Holiday is a perfect antidote to the stresses and worries of our world!
• A cross between a consciousness seminar and a Tupperware party,
The Human Holiday asks the burning question, “Are there laughs on the other side?”
• Join your host Midal Gogat of The Finite Corporation as he
and a cast of thousands present to souls bored with an eternity of bliss a
slickly-packaged sales pitch on the joys and excitements of incarnating on
Planet Earth, “Playground of the Universe.”
• The Human Holiday is sure to become a cult favorite among those who
love Lily Tomlin, Tom Lehrer, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
• To quote a ten-time earthling, "It's a thrill a minute!"
A quote from LP review: “...the sound is so good you simply forget about it after a few minutes and become completely immersed in the content. The Human Holiday is so slickly and convincingly done that one finds it easy to accept the whole hing as being real...It's a masterpiece.” -–J. Gordon Holt, Stereophile
Track Listing (Continuous play with sections): 1 The Earth Experience; 2 Fashion Show; 3 Post-Intermission (door prize); 4 The Human Holiday
FR-702 - Human Holiday - $14.98 NOW AVAILABLE
15 original songs in a style that Northern California Songwriter Magazine called "a beautiful and quirky musical universe."
Featured Artists: Nancy Hall: vocals, acoustic guitar, dulcimer, ukulele, glockenspiel, drums, percussion, piano; Lee Parvin: vocals, piano, hammond B3, mellotron, wurlitzer, accordion, harmonica; Marc Games: acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, electric bass; James Kerwin: acoustic bass
Track Listing: 1 sweetness, 2 always be your girl, 3 meanstreak (the knife thrower's wife), 4 hollow, 5 cherries on the ground, 6 beautiful, 7 commit, 8 trampoline, 9 harbor, 10 sailor on a windless sea, 11 man with a megaphone, 12 empty, 13 pickle, 14 fortress, 15 back in spades.
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The Curios - Pillow Book - FR-701 - $14.98 - NOW AVAILABLE