Brilliant Performances, Dazzling Sound
Reference Recordings proudly presents Holst’s The Plants and The Perfect Fool, best known and beloved works 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, six-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.
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 under the artistic leadership of Music Director Michael Stern.
This is the seventh in Reference Recordings’ series with Kansas City Symphony. Previous albums are Shakespeare’s Tempest, the Grammy® Award-winning Britten’s Orchestra, an Elgar/Vaughan Williams project, Miraculous Metamorphoses, an all-Saint-Saëns album featuring the magnificent Organ Symphony, and the music of contemporary American composer Adam Schoenberg (nominated for two Grammy® Awards).
Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Michael Stern – music director, conductor
Kansas City Symphony Chorus
Charles Bruffy – chorus director
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Total time: 01:01:19
Keith O. Johnson
|Original Recording Format|
Keith O. Johnson
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Missouri
|Release Date||November 3, 2023|
There are some fine details to glean from Michael Stern’s new all-Holst disc with his Kansas City Symphony Orchestra (KCSO). The first one is that the ensemble is fantastic: there are no weak instrumental families and the orchestra clearly listens (and matches) across sections. Another is that Reference Recordings is… the label that offers the best recorded sound in recent classical discography. Everything you hear on this disc is cleanly recorded, beautifully balanced, and unfailingly bright.
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