Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Kansas City Symphony Performs at the 2014 World Series

Here's a look at the Kansas City Symphony's World Series performance last night:

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Kansas City Symphony to Perform at the World Series!

Reference Recordings might be Giants fans, but with the announcement of RR artists Michael Stern & the Kansas City Symphony being invited to perform the Star Spangled Banner for Game Six, we're happy the series is heading back to Kansas City tonight. Read about the symphony's journey to the MLB World Series in the Kansas City Star!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Classical Candor Reviews Joel Fan: Dances For Piano and Orchestra

The new Joel Fan and Northwest Sinfonietta release, Dances for Piano and Orchestra, gets a rave from Classical Candor critic John J. Puccio:

“The soloist captures [Fantaisie-Ballet's] light, elegant moments nicely and then fills it out with a grand and exciting virtuosity… Fan again demonstrates his dexterity in playing with seemingly ten fingers on each hand. Yet [Vals Capricho] is also a surprisingly delicate piece of music, with a wonderfully lilting rhythm that Fan and the Sinfonietta express as perfectly as one could imagine… The fifth selection is Polonaise Brillante, a solo piano piece by German composer, conductor, pianist, and critic Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) and later orchestrated by Franz Liszt. Typical of Liszt, the piece is full of bravura showmanship and heroic landscapes, which Fan executes with an unerring command. … The penultimate number is the Grand Tarantelle by American composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk… It's dance tune swirls and whirls, with Fan hardly stopping to catch his breath. It's quite a lot of fun. … As always with an album engineered by "Professor" Johnson, we get above all a realistic presentation…a lifelike ambiance, a truthful sense of orchestral depth and dimensionality, a pleasant hall resonance, a quick transient response, a broad frequency range (lows through the floor, highs shimmering endlessly), wide dynamics, strong impact, and plenty of air and space around the instruments.…The recording sounds most natural all the way around.” —John J. Puccio, Classical Candor

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Preview November Releases!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Audiophile Audition Gives Organ Polychrome Five Stars

Audiophile Audition calls Organ Polychrome “a colorful and sonically-impressive” recording in a new five-star review:

“[Jan Kraybill's] playing is expressive in the quieter portions and pulls out all the stops when hitting some of the big orchestral-imitation passages in these colorful pieces. Using the ProLogic IIx height setting on my mutichannel decoder produced an excellent soundfield with the disc, and my Oppo deck includes HDCD decoding, which is subtle but does make a slight improvement in the fidelity over the standard CD or without decoding.” —John Sunier, Audiophile Audition

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Meet Nadia Shpachenko

Meet upcoming FRESH! From Reference Recordings artist, Nadia Shpachenko, in this wonderful spotlight video:

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Release — Joel Fan: Dances for Piano and Orchestra

Dances for Piano and Orchestra

Joel Fan

Northwest Sinfonietta

Christophe Chagnard, Music Director
Pierné • Castro • Chopin • Saint-Saëns • Weber • Gottschalk • Cadman

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Pianist Joel Fan is one of the most dynamic and accomplished musicians performing before the public today!

He is consistently acclaimed for his recitals, recordings, and appearances with orchestras throughout the world. His concerts attract a wide range of audiences, as he has eagerly embraced traditional piano literature as well as an eclectic range of repertoire, including new music commissioned especially for him, world music, and his own transcriptions. Joel Fan is recognized for his work with cellist Yo-Yo Ma as a member of the Silk Road Ensemble, with performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and on the television programs Good Morning America and Late Night with David Letterman. Fan has also collaborated with numerous other ensembles, including the Shanghai Quartet, Imani Winds, and A Far Cry. Mr. Fan's engaging personality, technical assurance, lyricism, and sheer musicality win over audiences wherever he performs. This release follows two outstanding solo albums on Reference Recordings: RR-106 World Keys and RR-119 West of the Sun.

This CD is Northwest Sinfonietta’s first release with Reference Recordings, and to quote them: they are “thrilled and honored with their collaboration with long-time partner and phenomenal pianist Joel Fan.”

Northwest Sinfonietta, under the leadership of Founding Music Director Christophe Chagnard, is a vital part of the Pacific Northwest cultural scene and is recognized for its extraordinary performances, innovative programming and collaborations.

Since its first performance in December 1991 honoring the bicentennial of Mozart’s death, Northwest Sinfonietta has held a unique place as the region’s only professional chamber orchestra. In 2012 and 2013, Chagnard led the orchestra on tours to Cuba as only the third professional American orchestra to visit Cuba since the 1959 revolution. After 24 years at the helm, Maestro Chagnard will step down in 2015. Northwest Sinfonietta will become the fourth professional chamber orchestra in the world to adopt its new Artistic Partner Leadership model. Northwest Sinfonietta is excited for the time of transition and growth and will celebrate its 25th season—and Mozart’s 250th birthday—with an electrifying mix of special guest artists and new leadership.