Friday, February 5, 2016

Jerry Junkin Conducts! — On Spotify

Before next month's new Wine Dark Sea of Jerry Junkin conducting The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, listen through all of our previous recordings under the direction of Jerry Junkin on Spotify!

Now available for Pre-order on Amazon — Wine Dark Sea

Wine Dark Sea

Jerry Junkin
The University of Texas Wind Ensemble
Nathan Williams

The University of Texas Wind Ensemble has firmly established itself as one of America's elite wind bands

Active in the area of commissioning new music since 1988, the group has offered world premiere performances of works by many composers including John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Donald Grantham, David Maslanka, and Dan Welcher. One of the guiding principles of the ensemble is contact with the leading musical minds of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Doug MacLeod in the Brisco Center for American History

The Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas Austin have honored RR artist Doug MacLeod by adding a video recording of his live performance at the Bugle Boy Club in Texas to their archival music project. Here's an excerpt from their letter to Doug:

“You were chosen for this project because we believe that you as a performing artist are an integral part of the independent music scene and historically speaking should be included in this archiving project.”

The list of BCAH artists includes Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Townes Van Zandt, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter and many others!

Congratulations to Doug MacLeod!

Doug MacLeod Live at the Bugle Boy Club

Doug MacLeod: Exactly Like This

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Doug MacLeod: There's A Time

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Two Top Living Blues Albums of 2015

Living Blues has released their Top 50 Albums of 2015 and Doug MacLeod's Exactly Like This comes in at #14 and Fiona Boyes' Box & Dice lands at #36! Congrats to both of these great blues artists!

Doug MacLeod: Exactly Like This

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Fiona Boyes: Box & Dice

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Kansas City Symphony Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 in The Audiophile Voice

George Graves features the Kansas City Symphony's Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 recording in the Winter 2016 issue of The Audiophile Voice:

“The imaging on this recording is first rate with an excellent feeling for the huge space in which the recording was made. Reverb times are long and give a luscious, rich texture to the sound. As is usual with Johnson’s work, image specificity is spot on. It is possible to pick out each individual section of the orchestra (best done with the lights off). Front-to-back imaging and image height are spectacular. The recording is extremely quiet, with great dynamic range. … The recording is quite spectacular, offering the kind of jaw-dropping bass when the organ kicks-in that one always expects to hear with recordings of this work but so seldom does. The hall is spacious, and even without the advantage of SACD surround-sound, the reverb is simply sumptuous, giving the listener the illusion of being transported to the concert hall itself. If you want the very best in sound quality and a first- rate reading of Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony, you can’t go wrong here. … it is truly a sonic blockbuster and a performance tour de force.” —George Graves, The Audiophile Voice

See the full recording in the Winter 2016 issue of The Audiophile Voice

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Monday, February 1, 2016

RR at San Francisco GRAMMY Nominee Party

Last week Sean Royce Martin and Keith O. Johnson represented Reference Recordings at the San Francisco Recording Academy Chapter's GRAMMY® Nominee Celebration!

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Friday, January 29, 2016

#FBF — Bells for Stokowski

With our new recording of Jerry Junkin leading The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Wine Dark Sea available for pre-order on Amazon, here's a Friday Flashback to our previous release from this combination:

Bells for Stokowski

Nine delightful Renaissance dances by Tielman Susato start this program with a bang. The ever-popular English Folksong Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams in its original scoring continues the crowd-pleasing mood. Two important new works follow. David Del Tredici’s first composition for wind band, In Wartime, is based on the popular hymn “Abide With Me” and the Persian national anthem. Michael Daugherty is one of the most performed and commissioned American composers of his generation. Bells for Stokowski is a fantasy in which the composer imagines Leopold Stokowski in Philadelphia, hearing all the bells of the city resonate. It’s a sonic spectacular, captured to perfection by “Prof.” Johnson in his most dazzling HDCD sound.


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Honeck and Pittsburgh's Beethoven a Recording for the Ages

The Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck's BEETHOVEN: Symphony Nos. 5 & 7 recording receives perfect 10 ratings from ClassicsToday:

“No matter how many billion recordings of this music we already have, a great performance offers its own justification, these are very great performances. … It’s not easy to offer interpretations of this music that sound new without turning capricious–that both respect the music and personalize it. Honeck and the orchestra manage to pull it off consistently, with bravura, finesse, and an intelligence that makes these versions a true celebration of Beethoven’s genius. The first element that lends this disc such distinction is the quality of the orchestra itself. Let’s be honest: there simply is no finer ensemble in the world today, even if it may sound controversial to say so. From top to bottom the Pittsburgh players reveal themselves as equal or superior to anyone out there; and when led by a charismatic conductor like Honeck, they have few if any peers. … Atop this foundation, Honeck builds interpretations that find countless ear-catching details within the context of a dramatic, intensely propulsive view of each symphony. … You get the thrill of a live performance, the perfection of the best studio work, and sonics that capture it all with exemplary warmth and fidelity. So sit back, crank up the volume, and get ready for an incredible ride. There’s life in the classics after all.” —David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday

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