The great Kansas City Symphony Orchestra performs works of British composers Elgar and Williams, well received by the Grammy-winning sound engineer "Prof." Keith Johnson. The very first project of the label Reference Recordings with the musicians from Kansas, the publication of The Tempest, was a critical success. The second publication, Britten's Orchestra, one even won the Grammy for best surround sound. For this recording we worked again with the orchestra and the conductor Michael Stern, son of the famous violinist Isaac Stern.
For the present HDCD the orchestra chose Vaughan Williams setting of an Aristophanes play "The Wasps" for the first time, he composed incidental music. Edward Elgar was, inter alia, known by his Pomp & Circumstance March No.1, which is borrowed from the anthem Land of Hope and Glory. His very own orchestration and dynamic characteristics were never captured better on a recording. The sound is, of course, with great transparency and depth. Recommended!
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
The Wasps—Aristophanic Suite
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-
7-20 Variations on an Original Theme: "Enigma," op. 36