Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Guitar Foundation of America's SoundBoard Magazine with high praise for Roberto Moronn's André Segovia Archive recordings:


“Playing with an assured technique, Perez is very enjoyable – at times, I thought I might be hearing the maestro himself. He has really done his homework: phrasing, contrast, spaciousness, occasional understatement and the sense of hearing a story are all reminiscent of Segovia’s style. This is not to say that this artist has given up his own voice in this process; indeed he has a remarkable ability to interpret this music with certainty and awareness. The recording quality is pristine, and the liner notes by Angelo Gilardino (the General Editor of the Andrés Segovia Archive) are well-written and thorough, quite appropriate for the purpose of this recording. …in revealing these heretofore unknown results of Segovia’s invitations to composers from his homeland, this recording awakens a new appreciation of the man and his life’s work: these are almost all quality compositions and fill a void in the repertoire I never realized was there.” —Jim McCutcheon, SoundBoard

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Navasota Blues Fest Review for Doug MacLeod

Author Ricky Bush has a new review for Doug MacLeod's concert at the Navasota Blues Festival last weekend on his Bush Dog Blues blog:

“I've been a fan of Doug MacLeod for a long time and was thrilled that the blues fest booked him. … The Ol' blues veteran had them eating out of his hand with his first song. The man has an old soul full of insight and wisdom. Anyone unfamiliar with his music had to be totally surprised that the sound coming from the stage was by a white performer. In fact, I'd say if they'd been blind folded, they would assumed that the man was black and from another era. Even his stage patter oozes such authenticity, no doubt from the years he played with the real deals for predominantly black audiences for years.

He performed nothing but his original music. He told tales preceding each and about each tune with equal doses of deep philosophy from what he learned from his mentors (mentioning that they'd never use a word like philosophy), hilarious situations, heartbreaking situations, but with plenty of optimism thrown into the mix. Especially, optimism. One song in particular hit exactly on that theme about looking through life with "Brand New Eyes" from his Blue Music Award winning album, There's A Time, which also garnered him their Acoustic Blues Artist of the year. I have no intention of covering his set list here, just need to drive home the point that every song told a story that meant something deeply to him on his journeys through the blues, chocked full of every facet of human emotion. Those emotion left the stage and permeated the audience. Well, at least, it did for me. I felt what he must have felt as he wrote it and now sung it.

Certainly can't leave out how masterful he plays the guitar, picking like Doc Watson one minute and then slipping a slide on to get way down in the alley. His licks rang out sharply picked notes smothered in the blues like pancakes with molasses. To get a taste visit his well designed website at www.doug-macleod.com He's got great video examples of his playing, documentation of all his recordings, lyrics of his tunes, guitar lesson offers, a highly impressive biography, etc...Check out his music store for his stuff, which is a testament to just how long he's been at the blues gig. My favorite CD has always been Live As It Gets with Juke Logan. Maybe because Juke's a cracker jack harp man. BUT There's A Time has just replaced it as my all-time favorite acoustic blues album.”

Read Ricky Bush's full Navasota Blues Festival review at www.bushdogblues.blogspot.com



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Monday, August 18, 2014

Photos from the 2014 California Audio Show

We had a great time this weekend at the California Audio Show! Check out some of our pictures below:




Thursday, August 14, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday — Mary Preston: Organ Odyssey

As we look forward to next month's “Organ Polychrome” release featuring organist Jan Kraybill, here's a #ThrowbackThursday feature for one of our recent organ recordings, “Organ Odyssey” featuring Mary Preston on the Fisk Op. 100, Lay Family Concert Organ in the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pre-Order September Releases Today!

Coming in less than one month from today — Organ Polychrome: The French School featuring organist Jan Kraybill, and the Kansas City Symphony's Miraculous Metamorphoses on SACD! Click the cover art to pre-order on Amazon today!



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Watch Doug MacLeod LIVE!

Watch a live streaming Doug MacLeod Concert at The Bugle Boy in La Grange, Texas at 9pm EDT, Friday, August 8th! Tune in from wherever you're at in the world on ConcertWindow.com! Online tickets are available for purchase now for only $1 and there will not be any re-broadcast — this is a LIVE, real-time, Doug MacLeod concert! Get your tickets today!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Enjoy The Music enjoys the new Pittsburgh Symphony Dvořák & Janáček

Enjoy The Music's Joe Milicia reviews the new Pittsburgh Symphony Dvořák & Janáček SACD and gives it a 5/5 rating for Performance and Recording Quality!

“It would be great to have more program notes like the one in Reference Recordings' new Pittsburgh Symphony release, with the conductor commenting in detail on his own interpretation of the music. … On a first hearing I found the performance overall to be consistently interesting but a bit studied—"carefully" different. But on further hearings I've come to appreciate its fresh, "natural" qualities, and especially its exuberance and dramatic flair. Above all, it brings out Dvorak's tremendous originality: no other symphony, even the composer's others, sounds like this. … As with RR's previous "Pittsburgh Live!" CD, of Richard Strauss tone poems, the orchestra is recorded with tremendous clarity…” —Joe Milicia, Enjoy The Music

Read the full review on EnjoyTheMusic.com



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