Reference Recordings proudly presents conductor Michael Sterns interpretations of these great works, captured in brilliant HDCD sound by GRAMMY® award winners Keith O. Johnson (engineer) and David Frost (producer). The Symphony has released four previous titles with Reference Recordings to great acclaim Shakespeares Tempest, the Grammy®-winning Brittens Orchestra, an Elgar/Vaughan Williams project and most recently, Miraculous Metamorphoses, which highlights composers Hindemith, Prokofiev and Bartók.
The Kansas City Symphony is the regions only full-time professional symphony orchestra. Led by Music Director Michael Stern since 2005, the Symphony has experienced impressive artistic growth, garnering national and international acclaim. The orchestras 80 full-time musicians are area residents, and each season they reach more than a million people through their concerts, educational programs and community outreach performances.
They also serve as the orchestra for the Lyric Opera and the Kansas City Ballet. For 38 years, Reference Recordings has been one of the most innovative and respected independent labels in the music business. Founded on the premise that most commercial recordings sound nothing like the live performance experience, Reference Recordings releases have been highly praised for their dedication to high quality sound in the service of great music. Founder Tam Henderson (1998 GRAMMY® nominee for Producer of the Year), was joined in 1978 by engineer Keith O. Johnson. Some 140 projects later, Reference Recordings is still recording what many consider to be the finest-sounding classical, jazz and blues discs in the world.
Mastered by Prof. Keith O. Johnson
Total time, 61:24
Kansas City Symphony
Michael Stern, conductor
Jan Kraybill, organ
Noah Geller, violin
Mark Gibbs, cello
Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
1. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor for violin and orchestra, Op. 28
2. La muse et le poete for violin, cello and orchestra, Op. 132
Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ"
3. Adagio - Allegro moderato
4. Poco adagio
5. Allegro moderato - Presto
6. Maestoso - Allegro