"What makes this release an event is that a “provincial” US orchestra is daring to record standard repertoire in glorious sound, challenging many classic recordings with ease... Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony in a sumptuously recorded and generous all English program.
"Since the recorded competition (for "The Wasps") is small but mighty (Boult, Previn, Elder, in the suite plus Handley and Marriner in the overture) this all around well done performance is the one to have." — Don Clark
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"This new recording engineered by Keith Johnson in the Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Missouri, is typical of the Professor’s natural sound, accorded transparency and depth. He records the Kansas City Symphony beautifully — Elgar’s very particular orchestration and dynamic markings have not been captured better on record. Minute changes in volume are heard clearly and inner string lines usually clouded over are heard with microscopic clarity.
"Included is Vaughan-Williams’ incidental music to Aristophanes’ play The Wasps and his Fantasia on Greensleeves. The Wasps, especially the fantastic overture, is very underrated VW. That this new Reference CD has such a wonderful ‘filler’ is a very musical bonus. Stern and his orchestra once again give a first class account in the finest sound... That said, the pairing of these two works on one CD in the most modern sound is cause for celebration. Recommended." — Anthony Kershaw, Audiophilia
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