HRx DVD-R data discs contain exact, digit-for-digit copies of the original Reference Recordings 176.4 kHz / 24-bit digital masters. This is the ultimate in fidelity for two-channel sound: TRUE high-resolution audio, ready to load from DVD-R data discs onto your computer music server!
To play HRx, the files on the DVD-R data disc must be uploaded to a computer music server, which then will play the music files through your audio system. (You cannot play them on CD, DVD, or SACD players!!!)
Best of Show award for Greatest Technological Breakthrough: Reference Recordings HRx ultra-high resolution (176.4/24) digital music format. (Alan Taffel: The Absolute Sound, April/May 2008)
"Reference Recordings, a company at the forefront of technical advancements for the past 30 years, has broken through the technical barriers to deliver to listeners the exact high-resolution digital bitstreams created during the recording sessions. The company's HRx format encodes as WAV files on a DVD the master recording, which was sampled at 176.4kHz with 24-bit resolution. For the first time, you can listen to the original high-resolution datastream of some spectacular titles from the Reference Recordings catalog." -- Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound, January 2009
Relaxing, beloved classics by Debussy, Satie, Ravel, Faurè, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and more, beautifully played by one of Americas great orchestras. A balm for jangled nerves, and excellent music for unwinding and dining! The pace of the human heartbeat so appealed to the composers on this program that they harnessed their music to it. Yet they produced orchestral statements of such variety that a listener might not immediately discern their similar pace, which is described by the musical term "andante," or walking tempo. A departure, then, for RR and "Prof." Johnson, whose spacious and transparent sonic textures play large dividends in string-based orchestral music of such clarity and refinement.
A program of quiet meditative classics for those seeking an "island of sanity" in today's overbusy world.
Eiji Oue, conductor
Satie, arr. Debussy
1. Gymnopedie No. 1
4. Solveig's Song (Peer Gynt)
5. The Last Sleep of the Virgin
6. Intermezzo (The Jewels of the Madonna)
7. Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
8. Le Sommeil de Juliette (Romeo et Juliette)
9. Pavane for a Dead Princess
10. Andante Cantabile
11. The Swan of Tuonela
Satie, arr. Debussy
12. Gymnopedie No. 3
Total playing time, 69:16