Michael Stern - Elgar: Enigma Variations/ Vaughn Williams: The Wasps/ Greensleeves


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A new symphonic tour-de-force from the Kansas City Symphony!

""Stern characterises each variation with great skill...the eloquent cello playing in Variation XII and the superb room-shaking organ in the Finale makes this a performance and recording to relish... A most desirable release."" — Graham Williams, Classical CD Choice


A new symphonic tour-de-force trom the Kansas City Symphony! This colorful, beloved Engiish music has been captured in brillant HDCD sound by Grammy-winning engineer Keith O. Johnson.

The Kansas City Symphony garnered tremendous critical acclaim for their first project on Reference Recordings, incidental music tor The Tempest by Sullivan and Sibelius. Their second release on Reference Recordings, Britten's Orchestra, received a Grammy tor Best Surround Sound for both the engineer and producer, as well as rave reviews everywhere!

Reference is thrilled to work again with Conductor Michaei Stern, the son of famed violinist Isaac Stern. Now in his eighth season as music director, the Kansas City Symphony has been much praised for its remarkabie artistic growth and development since his tenure began. He is also the founder of the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee, and in addition to RR, has recorded tor Sony, Hyperion, Denon, Arabesque and Naxos. Producer David Frost has won Grammy awards in 2005,2009 and 2011 for Classical Producer ot the Year. He has produced a large roster of stars and Grammy-winning titles. 


HRx discs from Reference Recordings contain high resolution audio 176.4 kHz/24 bit WAV files. They are bit-for-bit copies of Reference's master recordings. The disc is intended for computer-based playback and won't play on CD, SACD or DVD players. More information is available at www.ReferenceRecordings.com


Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958)
The Wasps - Aristophanic Suite
1 Overture
2 Entr'acte, molto moderato
3 March Past of the Kitchen Utensils
4 Entr'acte, andante
5 Ballet and Final Tableau

6 Fantasia on "Greensleeves"

Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
7-20 Variations on an Original Theme: "Enigma," op. 36

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