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Elgar: Enigma Variations; The Wasps; Vaughan Williams: Greensleeves / Michael Stern, Kansas City Symphony

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The wasps
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This magnificent new symphonic recording with the Kansas City Symphony is also the premiere recording made in Helzberg Hall, in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. Grammy-winning engineer Keith O. Johnson has captured this colorful, beloved English music in brilliant HDCD sound. The Kansas City Symphony garnered tremendous critical acclaim for their first project on Reference Recordings, incidental music for The Tempest by Sullivan and Sibelius. Their second release on RR, Britten's Orchestra, received a Grammy for Best Surround Sound for both the engineer and producer, as well as rave reviews everywhere, although the title is now unfortunately out of print.

This release again features Michael Stern, the son of famed violinist Isaac Stern. He is also the founder of the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, TN and, in addition to RR, has recorded for Sony, Hyperion, Denon, Arabesque, and Naxos. Producer David Frost won Grammy Awards in 2005, 2009, and 2011 for Classical Producer of the Year. He has produced a large roster of stars and Grammy-winning titles.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
Listening to this is to sit quietly and peruse the portraits of Elgar's friends one by one. The Vaughan Williams works follow suit in terms of style. It does well with Stern's reserved approach. Greensleeves is sweet in tone and songlike. The Kansas City Symphony plays very well, and if the strings sound small, they also sound quite good. Perhaps Stern framed his interpretations around that quality.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Missouri (05/04/2011-05/06/2011).



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Works Details

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The wasps
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Kansas City Symphony
  • Notes: Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Missouri (05/04/2011-05/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Notes: Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Missouri (05/04/2011-05/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Notes: Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Missouri (05/04/2011-05/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899