Genre: Classical
Additional Artists: Michael Stern


Barber, Sibelius & Scriabin One Movement Symphonies CD

Kansas City Symphony

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Brilliant Performances, Dazzling Sound On CD!

TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sonics in the September 2021 Issue of The Absolute Sound!

Reference Recordings proudly presents a unique album of one movement symphonies composed by Barber, Sibelius and Scriabin, in an outstanding interpretation from Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony.

This album was recorded in the beautiful and acoustically acclaimed Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. It was produced by David Frost, seven-time winner of the Classical Producer of the Year GRAMMY® award. It was recorded by RR's engineering team, comprised of GRAMMY®-winning engineer and Technical Director Keith O. Johnson, and multi-GRAMMY® nominated engineer Sean Martin.

Music Director Michael Stern is in his second decade with the Kansas City Symphony, hailed for its remarkable artistic ascent, original programming, organizational development and stability, as well as the extraordinary growth of its varied audiences since his tenure began. The Kansas City Symphony has a vision to transform hearts, minds and its community through the power of symphonic music. Founded in 1982, the Symphony has established itself as a major force in the cultural life of the community. Praised for performances of uncompromising standard, the orchestra is the largest in the region and holds a national reputation for excellence.

This is the ninth in Reference Recordings' series with Kansas City Symphony. They are proud of the wide range of repertoire in this series, including works of Sullivan and Sibelius on Shakespeare's Tempest; the Grammy® Award-winning album Britten's Orchestra; an Elgar/Vaughan Williams project; Miraculous Metamorphoses containing works of Hindemith, Prokofiev and Bartók; an all-Saint-Saëns CD featuring the magnificent Organ Symphony; an album of works of contemporary American composer Adam Schoenberg (nominated for two GRAMMY® Awards); Gustav Holst: The Planets and The Perfect Fool; and most recently Jonathan's Leshnoff's Symphony No. 3 and Piano Concerto. In addition, a live recording of works of Johannes Brahms has been recorded and slated for future release.

The Kansas City Symphony musicians, as elsewhere in this series, play for all they are worth, and lovers of early 20th century orchestral music will find this a stimulating item. For audiophiles, it's a must.
-James Manheim,, 4/5 stars


  • CD
  • A 'Prof' Johnson recording
  • Total Time: 62:28
  • Made in the USA


Kansas City Symphony
Michael Stern conductor


Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

  1. First Symphony (In One Movement), Op. 9 (1936)

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

  1. Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op.105 (1924)

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)

  1. Le poème de l'extase (The Poem of Ecstasy), Op. 54 (1905-1908)

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