Thursday, February 26, 2015

ThrowbackThursday — J. Gordon Holt Interviews Keith O. Johnson

Stereophile Magazine recently republished a wonderful interview between Keith O. Johnson and J. Gordon Holt from the 1984 Winter CES in Las Vegas. Read the entertaining lead note from J. Gordon Holt below, and click the link to read the full interview (Note: The much-mentioned Däfos recording has been out of print for many years):

“ After a couple of scheduling foul-ups, I managed to corner Reference Recordings' Keith O. Johnson at the 1984 Winter CES in Las Vegas for an interview. Trying to find a location in the Riviera Hotel that was quiet enough for a tape-recorded interview proved to be a problem until Keith suggested a vacant automobile parked next to the Acoustic Research room. (That's right: Both the room and the car were in a vast hall.) The car was part of AR's exhibit (it contained an AR auto-sound system) so we got permission from one of AR's people to use it for the interview.

Three-quarters of the way through the interview, a group of men approached the car and peered rudely in through the window. I irritably explained that an interview was under way and instructed them to get lost, at which they all backed off, looking perplexed. Then it dawned on us: It was their car. We graciously vacated so they could lock it up for the night.”

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Capital Public Radio Sound Advice Features Bruckner

Capital Public Radio host Kent Teeters talks about his favorite new recordings, beginning with our new Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck Bruckner release:



This release is the third in the highly acclaimed "Pittsburgh Live!" series of multi-channel hybrid SACD releases on the FRESH! Series from Reference Recordings. Manfred Honeck - conducting!



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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Special RR Sale!

Starting NOW! Until NOON on Thursday, March 12, 2015, get 15% OFF These New and Selected Sales Titles:



EXACTLY LIKE THIS

Doug MacLeod


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

His new album EXACTLY LIKE THIS is his third release with Reference Recordings. This is 'Genuine Original Acoustic Music' at its very best, in a richly detailed recording by Grammy-winning engineer Keith Johnson, made at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, CA. For More Information
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This release is the third in the highly acclaimed "Pittsburgh Live!" series of multi-channel hybrid SACD releases on the FRESH! Series from Reference Recordings. Manfred Honeck - conducting!



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The official Soundtrack CD for the newly released, highly touted video game THE BANNER SAGA!


GRAMMY®-nominated,*BAFTA-winning composer Austin Wintory created an earthy, multi-layered orchestral score for the single player role-playing tactical game from Stoic Studios, currently available on PC and Mac. The soundtrack score features the Dallas Winds (America's Premier Windband), recorded by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Keith O. Johnson and the Reference Recordings team at the Meyerson Symphony Center,in Dallas, TX. In addition the score features a trio of famous YouTube soloists: vocalists Malukah and Peter Hollens, and violinist Taylor Davis.

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GRAMMY-Nominated Second Release In Our Series With The Pittsburgh Symphony! - PITTSBURGH LIVE!


Dvořák / Janáček

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck, Music Director
Thrilling live performances from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in brilliant audiophile sound! This release is planned as the first in a series of multi-channel hybrid SACD recordings on FRESH! from Reference Recordings. Several additional recordings for the PITTSBURGH LIVE! series are already completed and we expect to release two per year. The next title planned is Bruckner's Fourth Symphony, for spring 2015.

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The First Release In Our New Series With The Pittsburgh Symphony!


STRAUSS - Don Juan; Death and Transfiguration and Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck, Music Director

Thrilling live performances from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in brilliant audiophile sound! This release is planned as the first in a series of multi-channel hybrid SACD recordings on FRESH! from Reference Recordings. Several additional recordings for the PITTSBURGH LIVE! series are already completed and we expect to release two per year. The next title planned is Bruckner's Fourth Symphony, for spring 2014.

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THERE'S A TIME

Doug MacLeod


Genuine Original Acoustic Music!

'Prof.' Keith Johnson's first blues recording! 13 new MacLeod originals highlight this richly detailed recording, done at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, CA. by our Grammy® winning engineer. Also featuring Doug's longtime bassist Denny Croy and Jimi Bott, one of the most recorded, awarded and respected blues drummers in the world. Doug MacLeod has won 2 Blues Music Awards in 2014! 1. Acoustic Artist of the Year 2. Acoustic Album of the Year "There's A Time"
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Pittsburgh Symphony Bruckner “Simply Tantalizing”

Brian Wigman of Classical.net has been “anticipating this release since the beginning of Pittsburgh's partnership with Reference Recordings” because “the prospect of Bruckner was simply tantalizing.” His review:

“The opening instantly establishes this as Honeck's own performance. … It's quite magical.… About 10 minutes in, the strings and brass work so thrillingly together that it effectively captures everything right about this disc. … At about the same speed on EMI, Herbert von Karajan finds markedly less dynamic contrast in Berlin, while Jochum (also in Berlin, but on Deutsche Grammophon) comes much closer to the mark. Neither disc is nearly as well-recorded as this Reference Recordings album, especially in the aforementioned bass. The superior recording quality allows us to hear the exceptionally fine blend of the low strings in Pittsburgh. There is also such an appreciable flexibility of pulse here; you really can admire Honeck's dedication to bringing out the Bohemian elements of this massive score. … 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. … Captured in absolutely stunning sound (did I mention that?), this is a completely convincing reading from first note to last.” —Brian Wigman, Classical Net

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Pittsburgh Symphony Among the Best in the World — Stereo Times

Stereo Times critic Russell Lichter was “intrigued by the hoopla” around the new Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck Bruckner release. Did it live up to the hype?

“I really did not know the PSO’s music-making ability nor was I familiar with Manfred Honeck, but I know them now and in my view this orchestra and conductor are up there with the very best in the world. This particular performance, this amazing performance, is very special indeed. … After a very long neglect—for it’s been years since I listened to Bruckner—I suddenly rediscovered this great symphony played like I’d never heard it played before. … The Fourth Symphony, although not of the almost unimaginably sustained spiritual depth and height of the later symphonies, is pure Bruckner, made of the same rich clusters of sound and high drama. … And this performance is nothing short of revelatory.” —Russell Lichter, Stereo Times

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Audiophilia Reviews Bruckner

Audiophilia says to keep the FRESH releases coming!

Audiophilia Magazine's Anthony Kershaw adds Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Bruckner release to his “must have” pile in his latest review:

“Each Fresh! release gets better. The entire team — players, conductor, recording company, engineers, all seem to be finding their groove. And, in this new Bruckner 4, the team has captured something quite special. … But let’s forget all the scholarship this and that. It’s important for a good read, but as we listen longer and longer, do we really refer to the words? How does it sound? How does this amazing music make me feel? Well, pretty damn good. The playing is superlative. The orchestra does not put a step wrong. More importantly, the individual solos that arise out of the din, are calm and reflective, just as they are supposed to be. Heavenly. Mr. Bendix-Blagley, now leading the fiddles of the Berliner Philharmoniker, steers his string section with might and unanimity. Sweetness, too. And the brass section is sensational. … a fine addition to my Bruckner ‘must have’ pile. Keep them coming, Fresh!” —Anthony Kershaw, Audiophilia

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Doug MacLeod on YouTube

We've updated our Doug MacLeod Playlist on YouTube just in time for the March Exactly Like This release! Watch now and pre-order via Amazon!