The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is a virtuoso orchestral spectacular, which RR has wanted to record for many years. Sinfonia da Requiem is widely considered to be Britten’s finest orchestral inspiration, full of kaleidoscopic color and wide dynamic range. The music of Peter Grimes, Britten’s operatic masterpiece, is most often heard in the well-known suite of orchestral Sea Interludes and Passacaglia. This is music of haunting atmosphere, and the final Storm brings the program to an exciting conclusion. All of this gripping music has been captured in brilliant HDCD sound by multi-Grammy nominated engineer Keith O. Johnson.
The Kansas City Symphony has garnered tremendous critical acclaim for their first CD project on Reference Recordings, “Shakespeare’s Tempest, Incidental Music for the Tempest” by Sullivan and Sibelius. And now, they have achieved a stupendous performance on this new Britten recording.
We are thrilled to work again with Conductor Michael Stern, now in his fourth season as music director of the Kansas City Symphony. Maestro Stern is the son of famed violinist Isaac Stern. 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 and 2009 for Classical Producer of the Year. He has produced a large roster of stars and Grammy-winning titles. We are most honored to work with him on this project.