Classical Music Sentinel with an absolute rave for the Kansas City Symphony, Michael Stern, and the new Miraculous Metamorphoses recording:
“Rarely have I heard the multiple and varied orchestral colours of Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber exposed and exhibited as well as they are in this new recording by the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Michael Stern. … It’s just that in this particular case, it seems that every single player in the orchestra really ‘gets’ into the music. … And the same can be said of the other works on this CD. The whole orchestra breathes warmth and beauty of expression in the Prince and the Princess segment of the Prokofiev and wallow in the bizarre and mysterious atmosphere of the Miraculous Mandarin. Conductor Michael Stern well captures the essence behind each work. And as far as the recording is concerned, this time I think Reference Recordings have surpassed themselves (if that’s possible).” —Jean-Yves Duperron, Classical Music Sentinel
Read the full review, including Mr. Duperron’s “car test” of the album, at ClassicalMusicSentinel.com
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