Thursday, July 30, 2015

Minnesota Orchestra's Copland a Triumph

Celebrate #ThrowbackThursday with a 2013 review of our Minnesota Orchestra: Copland 100 CD, and buy the newly released LP today!

“The Minnesota Orchestra has a rich history of excellence when it comes to Copland, both on record and with the various music directors who have led the ensemble. That tradition is gloriously upheld in this 2000 tribute program. As always, Oue leads his marvelous players with distinction, and the sound is top notch. If you're in a hurry, you can stop reading there. It's that good. …I'll bet money that this is one of the best versions of the Fanfare committed to disc. … The sound here is incredible, a tribute to the engineers as much as to the Minnesota brass. As for the playing, it's deeply moving as well as triumphant. … What might shift this disc from excellent to essential is a magnificent reading of the composer's Symphony #3. Not only is the playing uniformly brilliant, but it's arguably the best rendition out there. … Coupled with as fine a suite as you'll hear, this is a triumph for all involved and a must if you care about the composer.” —Brian Wigman, Classical Net

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Daily Music Break Talks with Doug MacLeod

The Daily Music Break has a new podcast catching up with Doug MacLeod. See the post on and listen below:

Exactly Like This

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“His insightful lyrics, unique voice, steady beat, and delicious resonator guitar sounds may entice you to join the ever-increasing ranks of Dubb Heads. …” —Blues Blast Magazine

“The blues are storytelling personified and there is no one as agile and wily in telling the blues as Doug MacLeod.…exactly, precisely, what we expect from this gifted minstrel of sass and deep blues spirit plying his expressive vocals in the rollicking company of his National acoustic guitars.” —Nelson Brill/Boston Concert Reviews

Monday, July 27, 2015

Five Star Kansas City Saint-Saëns Reviews

Amazon listeners are weighing in on The Kansas City Symphony's Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 “Organ” recording:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Best recording of Saint-Saen's “Organ” Symphony I've heard so far.
The dynamics are so amazing, especially in the last movement, that it gives me goosebumps listening to it. My listening equipment isn't top end, so I can't really hear the absolute low notes from the organ, but it's still amazing. I can't wait to hear this on a really good system.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ perfect addition to my "calm-thy-self-down" collection
ahhh.... perfect addition to my "calm-thy-self-down" collection. Plus I love classical music.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Five Stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Kansas City Symphony
Lovely recording by Kansas City Symphony. hope they do more of this quality.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Beautiful recording!
Beautiful recording. I have quite a few recordings of this Symphony and have actually played this myself in college days. I wanted this recording because the Kansas City Symphony is such an amazing "young" symphony. But, I'll have to be honest, I wanted the recording to hear the organ in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. I have seen, but not heard the organ. The recording does NOT disappoint. The Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875 is not only visually stunning, but aurally splendid in every way. I hope I have a chance to hear it in person someday. The recording will have to suffice for now! Bravo!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ impact
Love the clear sounds.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

ClassicalEar Gives Four Stars to Pittsburgh Symphony's Bruckner

The ClassicalEar iPhone Review App has a new review for Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony's Bruckner recording:

“Manfred Honeck distils a truly awesome hush and mystery at the outset of this bracingly alive and exceedingly stimulating account of Bruckner's Fourth Symphony ('The Romantic'), the stunningly eloquent horn solo serving notice that his superb Pittsburgh band can boast players of the highest international calibre. What follows is a reading rich in arresting drama, recreative spark, red-blooded temperament and interpretative incident. …The actual orchestral playing, I should reiterate, is simply breathtaking (what a fabulous viola section – words fail me!), while the gloriously ample and richly detailed recording exploits a toweringly (at times intimidatingly) wide dynamic range. If you love Bruckner's Romantic Symphony, you need to hear this.” —Andrew Achenbach, Classical Ear

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

More Coming From the Kansas City Symphony

Raves for the Kansas City Symphony's Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 “Organ” are rolling in, but there's more to be excited about with the Kansas City Symphony as The Kansas City Star explains:

“Reference Recordings is not one of the larger classical recording labels, but to cognoscenti it’s one of the finest. Founded in 1976 by John “Tam” Henderson and Keith O. Johnson, the label is devoted to quality, not quantity. Many of them have been nominated for and earned Grammy Awards. Johnson has received seven nominations for Grammy engineering awards. In 2010, the Kansas City Symphony began recording for Reference, and right out of the gate its recording of Benjamin Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” won a Grammy for best surround-sound album. Since then there have been three other Kansas City Symphony releases, with more in the pipeline. Coming up next, Reference will record the Kansas City Symphony’s performance of Gustav Holst’s The Planets.” —Patrick Neas, The Kansas City Star

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Audiophile Audition Gives Tempo do Brasil Five Stars

Steven Ritter gives Marc Regnier's Tempo do Brasil recording five stars in Audiophile Audition magazine:

“[Marc Regnier's] carefully selected recital works in favor of chamber ecstasies that are just not heard that often in this sort of music. …for a quality classical experience the multi-instrumental soiree is enlightening as well as enlivening. Considering Regnier’s gorgeous tone and flexible technique, equally present in his guest’s fingers as well, we come away with a refreshing splash on the face – a clear, clean tonic that is bracing, beautiful, and cobweb-clearing on all counts. Engineering that offers a realistic and quite affable sonic take on everything certainly doesn’t hurt either. A dip in crystal waters to be sure, not to be missed!” —Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition

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Friday, July 17, 2015

“Make Room” for Kansas City Symphony's Saint-Saëns

ClassicalNet critic Brian Wigman reviews the new Kansas City Symphony Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 “Organ” recording:

“Are we having fun yet? This is yet another fantastic disc. The Kansas City Symphony is one of America's finest ensembles…And Michael Stern is one of America's finest conductors…Stern gives his excellent first-desk soloists a chance to shine. The Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso sparkles here, and in outstanding sound.… The orchestra plays with total commitment and real power.… The experience is spectacular regardless of equipment. I've listened in a number of different ways already, and the overall effect is spine-tingling. The Kansas City Symphony contributes in a wholly positive way, refusing to be drowned by the formidable organ at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Jan Kraybill knows the instrument better than anyone, and her previous solo effort for Reference Recordings proved she's an excellent stewardess of the organ she takes care of. …I am certainly making room on my shelf for this thrilling sonic and musical experience.” —Brian Wigman, ClassicalNet

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