Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Classical Candor Reviews Dvořák and Janáček

Classical Candor's John J. Puccio has a new review for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's new Dvořák & Janáček SACD:

“This new rendering of [Dvořák] No. 8 by Manfred Honeck and his Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on a live Reference Recordings Fresh! hybrid SACD stacks up pretty well. … There is great exuberance in the conductor's handling of the various themes, while the sounds of nature, like the birdsong of the flute, create a truly sweet atmosphere. … [The Janáček Jenfua Suite] is also quite colorful music, filled with a bit of swirling boisterousness, too, and under Honeck it makes an especially entertaining piece of music. Love that xylophone. …insofar as live recordings go, this one is quite good. While it is fairly close up in the manner of most live recordings, it seldom sounds bright or edgy. In fact, in the two-channel stereo mode to which I listened, it's mostly rather smooth and warm, with plenty of midrange transparency. If one didn't sense the presence of an audience through their breathing and occasional wheezing, one might think this were a studio recording.” —John J. Puccio

Read the full review on the Classical Candor Blog.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ClassicsToday gives top scores to the new Pittsburgh Symphony SACD!

ClassicsToday gives a 10/10 for Artistic Quality and a 10/10 for Sound Quality to the new Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Dvořák & Janáček recording, hailing it as “Honeck's Incandescent Dvořák 8th!”

“There are few things more wonderful in the life of a record collector than a really great recording of a repertory warhorse. … along comes a performance by a conductor who loves the music, who has genuine ideas about how it should go and what it reveals, who leads a great orchestra in a performance that makes us listen to the piece afresh, and who reaffirms our belief not just in this particular work but in what it means to be a “classic”. Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra offer just such an interpretation. Honeck’s personal touches are numerous and completely winning. … Releases of this quality offer more than just an enjoyable listening experience. They are events of profound beauty and musical significance.” —David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Pizzicato Magazine with a Rave for the Pittsburgh Symphony!

Luxemburg's Pizzicato Magazine has a new rave review for the Pittsburgh Symphony and their new Dvořák and Janáček recording:

“This is one of the most gripping performances of Dvořák's 8th Symphony that I ever heard. Honeck and Pittsburgh excel themselves and definitely team up to one of those great partnerships like Solti and Chicago, Ozawa and Boston, Bernstein and New York, Szell and Cleveland, Tilson-Thomas and San Francisco.” —Alain Steffen, Pizzicato

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

#Throwback Thursday — The Curios “Cherries on the Ground”

With the recent surge in FRESH! From Reference Recordings releases including two from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Roberto Moronn Pérez, and The Banner Saga Soundtrack, here's a #ThrowbackThursday post to our first of the FRESH! Releases — The Curios: Pillow Book!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

“You won't be disappointed” with the New Pittsburgh Sympony SACD

Film music critic, Thomas Kiefner says “You won't be disappointed” with the new Pittsburgh Symphony Dvořák/Janáček SACD:

“One of the keys to the success of this recording is the superior sound which you’ll best hear in SACD… When I played it through my stereo system the result was nothing short of spectacular. Yes you’ll hear the occasional rustling of the papers and a stray cough but at least to me I didn’t find it distracting at all. It sounds very similar to being in Heinz Hall. … You won’t be disappointed.” —Thomas Kiefner, Film Music: The Neglected Art

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Friday, July 11, 2014

RR at the California Audio Show

In just over a month, Reference Recordings will be at the San Francisco California Audio Show. Get your tickets now and come say hello!


Welcome to the 2014 California Audio Show, our 5th year in the world famous San Francisco Bay Area, also home to Silicon Valley. Our show is now in its fifth year!

Come experience the mesmerizing sounds and audio equipment presented by over 60 Exhibitors in 50 rooms. You’ll be able to hear audio systems from $1000 to $100,000 from exhibitors in the Bay Area and around the country. We have a growing list of exhibitor systems and exhibitors themselves you can explore.


Aug 15th - 17th, 2014
Westin SFO, Millbrae, CA

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gramophone Reviews Kansas City Symphony's Miraculous Metamorphoses

Gramophone Magazine's July Issue of “Sounds of America” features the Kansas City Symphony and their latest release, Miraculous Metamorphoses:

“The Kansas City Symphony have been on a roll with Michael Stern…[Miraculous Metamorphoses] are works that provide conductor and musicians with a spectrum of atmospheres and colours into which they can sink their respective teeth. Stern and his orchestra do so to captivating effect, without resorting to sonic exaggeration. … Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Weber has tonal splendour to spare but it also receives a detailed account full of subtle gestures and disciplined ensemble. … Prokofiev's suite from The Love for Three Oranges…is among the composer's zestiest inventions and the Kansas City contingent make vibrant business of the score's whimsies and hues. … [In The Miraculous Mandarin the] solo clarinet brilliantly essays the girl's seductive machinations and the orchestra enter into the violent spirit of things with fierce sophistication. … turn the volume up to gain the full impact of this searing performance.” —Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone

Read the full review in the July digital issue of Gramophone Magazine

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