Friday, May 22, 2015

Come See Us Next Weekend!

Come see us next weekend at THE Show Newport!

Reference Recordings' Jan and Ric Mancuso are heading out to Newport Beach for The Home Entertainment Show May 29-31, 2015 at The Hotel Irvine in Irvine, California. The RR Booth is at E 16 in The Marketplace. For more information, check out the Show Guide.

Come see our newest CDs and LPs before their official release dates:

Doug MacLeod: Exactly Like This

Two-LP 45rpm set on 200 gram pressings in a deluxe gatefold jacket!

Copland: Third Symphony; Fanfare for the Common Man

Minnesota Orchestra/Eiji Oue
200 gram 33 1/3rpm LP in deluxe gatefold jacket

Saint Saëns: Symphony No. 3 “Organ”

Kansas City Symphony
Michael Stern

Tempo Do Brasil: Solo & Chamber Works for Guitar

Marc Regnier, guitar

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

New Titles Coming Soon!

TWO new LPs coming June 2!

Doug MacLeod: Exactly Like This

Two-LP 45rpm set on 200 gram pressings in a deluxe gatefold jacket!

“In May, 2014, he was awarded not one but two Blues Music Awards in the categories of Acoustic Artist of the Year (after being nominated for this award for the past six years) and Acoustic Album of the Year for There’s A Time on Reference Records. His current Reference Record, Exactly Like This, should add BMA 2016 nomination. … 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 Music Magazine

Copland: Third Symphony; Fanfare for the Common Man

Minnesota Orchestra/Eiji Oue

200 gram 33 1/3rpm LP in deluxe gatefold jacket

“…There has never been a stereo recording of Copland's Third that approaches the concert-hall experience. Until now. This recording clearly has great value as a musical experience, but it also sets a new standard as a sonic showcase for a nearly impossible-to-record work.” —Arthur B. Lintgen, THE ABSOLUTE SOUND

“This is the best interpretation of the Copland Third in a generation, and the sound is Keith Johnson at his considerable best. That is to say, jaw-dropping and a revelation.” —Harry Pearson, THE ABSOLUTE SOUND (Also listed in HP's Super CD List, Top 10)

TWO new CDs coming June 9

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 “Organ”

Tempo Do Brasil: Solo & Chamber Works for Guitar

All four of these new titles will be introduced at the THE Show Newport, May 29-31. If you are planning on coming, make sure to swing by our booth!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Exciting News from Tucson

An exciting news release is out from Tucson which is of particular interest to RR fans wondering about what's coming out in the near future:

Composer Stephen Paulus
Photo by Sharolyn Hagen
May 6, 2015 (Tucson, AZ)— Tucson Chamber Artists—soon to be True Concord Voices & Orchestra—announced it has received a major grant from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) to support its upcoming concert debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City this September 11. The concert is in conjunction with the release of its upcoming CD, Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus, on the Reference Recordings label.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for TCA,” Pat Bjorhovde, chair of the board of directors for TCA, said. “TCA, now in its 12th season, always strives to bring the highest quality of classical music to the region with its unique blend of choral and instrumental programming. This grant, and the commitment of Reference Recordings, will now allow us to showcase this wonderful ensemble that started here in Tucson to New York and the world. And it pays a fitting tribute to a great composer and friend we lost all too soon.”

The concert features TCA’s professional choir and orchestra in performance of Mozart’s Requiem and Stephen Paulus’s Prayers and Remembrances. TCA is also pursuing the possibility of a second performance at the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Other outreach activities are also being planned.
TCA’s New York City residency and musical activities are made possible by the $40,000 NEA grant, and a significant gift from Tucson philanthropist Dorothy Vanek and many generous contributions from TCA supporters.

Reference Recordings is based in San Francisco, with multiple GRAMMY® awards and a catalog that includes Seattle Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Kronos Quartet.

Far in the Heavens was recorded in May 2013 at Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson with GRAMMY®-award winning producer Peter Rutenberg of Los Angeles. Composer Stephen Paulus was here in Tucson for the week of recording sessions, culminating in a world premiere recording for all the works on the album.

All of the works were written within the last 10 years, and two are commissions of TCA: The Incomprehensible (2009) and Prayers and Remembrances, the 35-minute oratorio for choir and orchestra commissioned by TCA for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The work received its premiere at a special concert on September 11, 2011, at the University of Arizona’s Centennial Hall in a joint performance with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Both commissions and the album were underwritten by Dorothy Vanek.

Tragically, Stephen Paulus suffered a major stroke just six weeks after recording the album. He never recovered, and passed away in October 2014 after being in a coma for more than a year.

The New York City concert and album represent the national and international debut of TCA and its new name: True Concord Voices & Orchestra, which takes effect July 1.

“The name ‘true concord’ comes from William Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 8, which describes the emotional impact of music,” explains Music Director Eric Holtan. “The original meaning of concord is ‘hearts together,’ an apt descriptor of what music, musicians and audiences experience in our compelling concert performances. Through this special concert and album, True Concord seeks to bring hearts together from Tucson to New York and around the world through the transformational power of classical music.”

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Dances for Piano And Orchestra in American Record Guide

The April/May issue of American Record Guide features a wonderful new review for Joel Fan and the Northwest Sinfonietta's Dances for Piano and Orchestra recording:

“Very enjoyable! A program of short showpieces for piano and orchestra, some well known and some not so well known, like the works by Ricardo Castro Herrera and Charles Wakefield Cadman. It sure beats another disc of standard romantic concertos, though it is every bit as exciting as the best of them. Mr Fan brings high-voltage virtuosity and thoughtful nuance to his playing, depending on what the music calls for. The Northwest Sinfonietta is not large in numbers but more than up to the challenges of some unfamiliar music.…” —Lawrence Hansen, American Record Guide

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pizzicato Magazine Features the Pittsburgh Symphony's Bruckner Recording

Luxembourg based Pizzicato Magazine has high praise for the new Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck Bruckner recording:

“Blending modernism and tradition, opulent sound and chamber music like refinement, Manfred Honeck can fully count on the highly motivated Pittsburgh Symphony. The result is a superbly balanced and musically rich performance of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony.” —Alain Steffen, Pizzicato

Read the full rave review in German!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

A 2015 Spring Sale!

Special Sale including New Releases STARTING NOW! Until NOON on Monday, May 18, 2015!

Get 15% OFF These New and Selected Sale Titles (Discount will occur at check out):


Thrilling live performances from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in brilliant audiophile sound!

"The sound is gloriously full and dimensional, both in stereo and surround. Not only is there layered depth and good imaging, the full orchestral sound has mass of its own, expanding to fill Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall at the symphony's grandest moments." --Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound

"This marvelous Bruckner 4th...features an ensemble that continues to rival any in Europe...This is truly a Bruckner performance for any collection, one which wipes away the notion that the composer's music has to be big and boring...I've never heard the music played with this combination of excitement and sonic splendor. Captured in absolutely stunning sound ...this is a completely convincing reading from first note to last."---Brian Wigman,

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JOEL FAN - Dances for Piano and Orchestra

with the Northwest Sinfonietta, Christophe Chagnard, Music Director

"Joel Fan seems to relish these pieces as he attacks them all as if living in another age—crisp, vitally engrossing pianism that will set your feet tapping and your vocal chords humming. The Northwest Sinfonietta plays with expertise and rousing commitment in a recording of exceptional analog-ish warmth and sensitivity. This is truly fine stuff." —Steven Ritter, AudiophileAudition

"...fine performance from all concerned with very fine playing from Joel Fan...This is a terrific new release... a detailed recording full of depth, space and detail"

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A unique, powerful guitarist with a rich and soulful voice, singing original songs based on his own life and experiences.

"Recorded live in the studio with no overdubs, Exactly Like This finds MacLeod and his band laying it down in the moment...He never over sings or underperforms—his voice perfectly complements the mood and theme of each song. As a guitarist, he is terrific, and his range is impressive...The disc captures the warmth and intimacy of the moment. Every instrument is perfectly balanced in the mix...The disc's eclecticism, expert playing, ensemble synergy and sound make this a recommended pick."—Stephen A. King, Living Blues Magazine

"…Doug is a storyteller par excellence, a weaver of tales, a singer who tells you a tale and makes it so that you are there in the moment, that you understand, and that you feel exactly what he intends…It's hard to imagine any of these songs getting any better, each is as near to perfect in execution as I could ask, enough roughness to be human, but the only way you'll hear them this way is to get the album." --Ian McHugh, Tonemonkey & Blues is the Truth Radio UK

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Nadia Shpachenko - Woman At The Piano

World Premiere Recordings of New Works for Piano, Chamber Instruments and Electronics from 4 Notable Modern Composers.

"Nadia Shpachenko plays excellently through the whole album. The composers love her, too: Matheson says, of Cretic Variations, every note was "inspired directly by the brilliance, bravado, subtlety, poetry, explosiveness and restraint of Nadia Shpachenko...If there's a downside to this release, it's that we might start expecting a new one every year. Nadia Shpachenko has done heroic work here, and the composers provide stimulating listening." -- Brian Reinhard,

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Sneak Preview: RR will soon release Adam Schoenberg's glorious American Symphony, Finding Rothko and Picture Studies, performed by the Kansas City Symphony!

Organ Polychrome - The French School

Jan Kraybill

Premiere Solo Recording - The Julia Irene Kauffman Organ, Casavant Freres Opus 3875, 2011

"If you can play this one really loud without clipping your amplifier or melting your speakers, then you have an impressive system. All credit goes to the recording engineers at Reference Recordings for capturing every bit of air displacement this organ can produce. Jan Kraybill, who is the Organ Conservator at the Kauffman Center, knows this organ's capabilities very well, and as such matches each piece's character to the best combination of stops possible. I envy her position. Sitting at that console, in command of all that power, must feel like sitting on a rocket." --Jean-Yves Duperron, Classical Music Sentinel

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Blues Radio International Interviewing Doug MacLeod at the Blues Music Awards!

Enjoy these photos of Jesse Finkelstein of Blues Radio International interviewing Doug MacLeod yesterday at The Blues Foundation's Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Look for Doug's interview, stories and live performances of songs from Exactly Like This to air soon.

Jesse Finkelstein of Blues Radio International interviewing Doug MacLeod yesterday at The Blues Foundation's Blues Music...

Posted by Reference Recordings on Thursday, May 7, 2015