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.
 
 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Nadia Shpachenko: Woman at the New piano

Watch a preview of our upcoming FRESH! From Reference Recordings release, Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013 and Pre-Order it on Amazon today!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kansas City Star gives Organ Polychrome a Rave

“Reference Recordings brings the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts’ organ right into your living room with its new release, Organ Polychrome. And with extraordinary organist Jan Kraybill at the keyboard, Organ Polychrome is, indeed, a multi-colored showstopper. … There’s never a sense of sameness as you listen to the CD. It’s the sort of recording you’ll want to listen to over and over. I know I did. Kraybill, one of Kansas City’s most respected and loved musicians, is the conservator of the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, and she knows how to make it purr like a kitten or roar like a lion. And Reference Recordings’ 24-bit recording captures every detail. The sound is never muddled, and the subtle differences in colors are always clearly discerned. Even when Kraybill is putting the pedal to the metal, and the 5,548-pipe organ is going full bore, there’s a clarity that is thrilling. This is a CD to give a person who claims he or she hates organ music.” —Patrick Neas, Kansas City Star

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Joel Fan Dances for Piano and Orchestra now on RR Radio

Now on RR Radio — Saint-Saëns: Valse-Caprice in A-flat Major (“Wedding Cake”), Op. 76!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Pre-Release review — Joel Fan: Dances for Piano and Orchestra

Joel Fan's latest recording, Dances for Piano and Orchestra, gets pre-release praise from Fanfare Magazine's Peter Burwasser:

“…what a brilliant presentation we have here: Music that cannot help but delight, delivered with the utmost elegance by soloist and orchestra alike… Anyone familiar with Joel Fan’s previous Reference Recordings outings will expect to hear an ease of execution and an especially crisp and lucid sense for texture. That he delivers. What is remarkable about this collection is the restraint and tastefulness he brings to music that, under the wrong hands, could come off as bombastic. This is my first encounter with Cristophe Chagnard and the Northwest Sinfonietta, but they are fully equal to Fan’s aplomb, rendering this collection with a true sense of joy. … Go ahead and treat yourself.” —Fanfare Magazine

Read the Interview and Review at www.fanfaremag.com!


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