Friday, May 27, 2016

New Reference Mastercuts LP! Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring!

NEW LP Release and NEW LP Stock!

NEW! STRAVINSKY: THE RITE OF SPRING

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180-gram 45RPM
*Half-speed mastering by Paul Stubblebine

The 1997 GRAMMY® nominated Minnesota Orchestra recording of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is now available on LP!

The Rite of Spring, The Firebird Suite and The Song of the Nightingale have never sounded more magical or more dynamic! This HDCD has more detail than any live performance I have attended. The orchestra and the hall sound simly glorious. Put it on, sit back, and be amazed!” —BOB LUDWIG, Stereo Review

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Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite/The Song of the Nightingale
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*Half-speed Mastering involves a capturing process in which the original recording master is played back at exactly half of the recorded speed. A sequenced cutting lathe is then timed at exactly half of the playback speed. This process allows twice as much time to carve a groove that accurately represents the sound on the master tape. Half-speed mastering allows for cleaner reproduction and also permits extended high frequency response, extending into the ultrasonic region.




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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Wine Dark Sea in Gramophone!

Gramophone Magazine's June 2016 issue features a new review for Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble's Wine Dark Sea recording!

“The repertoire for wind ensemble is vast and colourful. On their dynamic new release, The University of Texas Wind Ensemble and conductor Jerry Junkin take up four recent, worthy examples. Along with superbly balanced and vibrant playing, the performances confirm that American composers have no shortage of imagination when writing for wind, brass and percussion. Dan Welcher uses the ensemble as an exuberant body in Spumante, a whimsical burst of energy filled with bright thematic material and fizzy interplay. … Hints of music by George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein peer through the engaging writing of Frank Ticheli's Clarinet Concerto…It's a jazzy and affectionate piece performed with élan by Nathan Williams…The disc takes its title from John Mackey's Wine Dark Sea: Symphony for Band…Led by Junkin, the Texas musicians give the score a boldly detailed and sonorous account…that will fill up whatever environment in which this disc spins.” —Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone

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Wine Dark Sea

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Pittsburgh Symphony Offers a “revelatory” Tchaikovsky and Dvořák

New Graham Williams review on HRAudio.net!

“It is fair to say that Manfred Honeck's series of live recordings with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra of music by Richard Strauss, Dvorak, Bruckner and Beethoven on the Reference Recordings Fresh! label have been revelatory, even to those listeners who are very familiar with the works featured on them that are, by and large, cornerstones of the orchestral repertoire. The main work on this latest release is Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B minor and in an engrossing twelve page essay in the liner notes Honeck first discusses the genesis of the Symphony and speculates on its probable secret programme…These notes are almost worth the price of the disc! From the first bars it is clear that this is to be a pretty special account of the Symphony. … It is no surprise then to find that the 'Rusalka Fantasy' is almost like a newly minted Dvorak orchestral masterpiece. The PSO's scintillating performance of the suite makes it a most welcome and imaginative addition to the catalogue. The skilled recording team (Soundmirror, Boston) have ensured that these recordings, made and post produced in DSD256, are in every way worthy of the performances enshrined on this SACD. There is no doubt that the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are fortunate to have such a perceptive Music Director with a meticulous care for detail and the ability to deliver performances of such consistently high quality. But Manfred Honeck is equally blessed with a supremely accomplished virtuoso orchestra who can fulfil his wishes to the letter. Long may this partnership continue and, hopefully, yield many more such involving, and often spine-tingling, recordings as these.” —Graham Williams, HRAudio

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74

Dvořák: Rusalka Fantasy (arr. Honeck/Ille)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, Music Director
FR-720

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

First Listen! Florentine Opera Company Present's Carlisle Floyd's “Wuthering Heights”

Excerpts from The Florentine Opera Company's World Premiere Recording of Carlisle Floyd's “Wuthering Heights” an Opera In Three Acts:



Our First Ever Opera Release!

Florentine Opera Company

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Joseph Mechavich, conductor


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The Florentine Opera Company® brings American opera composer Carlisle Floyd's operatic masterpiece, based on the classic English novel by Emily Brontë, to life. Floyd's score takes you to the heart of Catherine and Heathcliffe's devastating love story.


Carlisle Floyd's canon of operas is amongst the most performed by any living American opera composer, however four essential operas have never been commercially released. Wuthering Heights was first performed by Santa Fe Opera in 1958, but never recorded until now. With the composer acting as artistic advisor, this Florentine Opera premiere recording was made in January 2015 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, in Brookfield, Wisconsin. It features conductor Joseph Mechavich, soprano Georgia Jarman (Cathy), baritone Kelly Markgraf (Heathcliff), soprano Heather Buck (Isabella), tenor Vale Rideout (Edgar), tenor Chad Shelton (Hindley), mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer (Nelly), tenor Frank Kelley (Joseph), The Florentine Opera Chorus and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Reference Recordings is proud to release this exceptional recording.

General Director William Florescu states, “This is a unique and exciting Florentine Opera recording. Carlisle Floyd’s Wuthering Heights, an unjustly neglected American gem, made its Florentine debut in this world premiere recording. We had the honor of welcoming Carlisle Floyd to guide this exceptional creative team and shape the concert and recording. Noele Stollmack (director of design and production), conductor Joseph Mechavich (conductor for the Florentine productions of La Traviata 2013 and Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah 2012), Blanton Alspaugh and John Newton, along with all of the production engineers and recording specialists from SoundMirror assembled their talents to bring this premiere recording and concert to life–for live audiences and the world to experience.”

Carlisle Floyd, 90 years of age in June 2016, is still creating new operas (his newest, Prince of Players, was presented to great acclaim by Houston Grand Opera in March 2016), and is intent on having commercial recordings of all his operas released during his lifetime. Describing the music of Wuthering Heights as highly dramatic and quite melodic, Floyd has said he is thrilled to have it recorded. The Florentine has released plans to follow Wuthering Heights with recordings of Floyd's Willie Stark and Bilby's Doll.

Wuthering Heights was recorded and mastered by the team at Soundmirror, whose outstanding orchestral, solo, opera and chamber recordings have received more than 70 GRAMMY® nominations and awards.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Watch the Pittsburgh Symphony Berlin Performance Replay!


Under the baton of Manfred Honeck, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra joins Daniil Trifonov on the stage of the Berlin Philharmonie. Watch the replay of the concert broadcast on medici.tv. The program features Beethoven's Coriolanus, the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74

Dvořák: Rusalka Fantasy (arr. Honeck/Ille)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, Music Director
FR-720

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Friday, May 20, 2016

See Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony LIVE this weekend!


This Sunday at 2pm (Eastern US Time) you can stream Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony live in concert from the Berlin Philharmonie!

Under the baton of Manfred Honeck, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra joins Daniil Trifonov on the stage of the Berlin Philharmonie. Watch this concert broadcast live from Berlin on medici.tv. The program features Beethoven's Coriolanus, the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6.

Live stream details at Medici.TV

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74

Dvořák: Rusalka Fantasy (arr. Honeck/Ille)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, Music Director
FR-720

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

MusicWeb Says Pittsburgh Symphony in “World Class Form”

“Consistently impressive is the ongoing ‘Pittsburgh Live!’ series from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under its music director Manfred Honeck. I made its release of the Beethoven Symphonies No’s 5 and 7 as one of my ‘Records of the Year’ for 2015. Now for the fifth album in this enthusiastically admired series Honeck has turned his attention to Tchaikovsky’s enduringly popular Sixth Symphony ‘Pathétique’ together with the world première recording of the newly arranged ‘Rusalka Fantasy’. … This is a beautifully proportioned reading by Honeck and in the opening movement, Allegro non troppo I was struck by the crisp and engaging playing.… From start to finish the Allegro con grazia flows elegantly with all the dreamlike elegance of a Viennese waltz. Under Honeck the strikingly played Scherzo evokes a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ scene of nocturnal reverie of elves, fairies and spirits deep in the forest. The way Honeck builds up the orchestral weight and volume is compellingly dramatic. Remarkable is how Tchaikovsky manages to close the symphony with a slow movement. The descending phrases create a deep melancholy together with a chorale of sorrow on the brass and winds as if mirroring the human spirit slowly fading away. This cry of anguish is probably unequalled in the history of music. Honeck and his Pittsburgh players obtain a maelstrom of emotions that can leave the listener crushed. With the Pittsburgh orchestra on world class form this is a moving account of the ‘Pathétique’ Symphony that can join the echelons of the finest recordings.…[Tomáš Ille's ‘Rusalka Fantasy’] is a most rewarding score full of fascinating ideas which aptly demonstrates Dvořák’s creative power. The ‘Rusalka Fantasy’ is a work that I can see being taken up in the concert hall.” —Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74

Dvořák: Rusalka Fantasy (arr. Honeck/Ille)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, Music Director
FR-720

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