30th Anniversary Sampler (CD)


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Reference Recordings declares, “It’s party time!” 1976 seems a long time ago, but that’s when RR was born. Remember direct-to-disc LPs? That’s how we started, but being inexperienced and naïve, our first recording project fell short of expectations, and was never released. The label got started for real in 1978 when we connected with Keith Johnson and his home-brew focused-gap tape machine, which provided extraordinary material for Prof. Johnson’s Astounding Sound Show. That’s the short version; you’ll find more information on our About RR webpage. In recent years, RR beta-tested and introduced the High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD®) process, co-invented by Keith Johnson- in our view, the best way to make a digital compact disc. As Exhibit A, we present RR’s 30th Anniversary Sampler, a singular bargain. For only $9.98, we offer a generous helping of primo tracks from recent RR releases, featuring the Minnesota Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, organ legend Virgil Fox and organ prodigy Felix Hell, great American pianist Gary Graffman, and our latest piano whiz, Joel Fan. All this marvelous music, including several world premieres (and one first release not available elsewhere), is delivered in “Prof.” Johnson’s most dazzling HDCD® sound for your listening pleasure or for system evaluation. Included in the booklet is a catalogue of current RR releases.



Minnesota Orchestra (2,5,7,9,10,12,13)

Eiji Oue

Conductor (2,5,7,12,13)

Paul Goodwin

Conductor (10)

Stanislav Skrowaczewksi

Conductor (9)

Utah Symphony (3)

Keith Lockhart

Conductor (3)

Felix Hell

Organ (4)

Virgil Fox

Organ (11)

Gary Graffman

Piano (9)

Joel Fan

Piano (6)

Pacific Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (8)

Carl St. Clair

Conductor (8)

University of Texas Wind Ensemble (1)

Jerry Junkin (1)

Jorja Fleezanis

Violin (10)

La Morisque from the Dansyere

Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1 (First release)

Gabriela Lena Frank
Mestizo Waltz

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Prelude on B-A-C-H

Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Symphonic Dance No. 3

Franz List
Paraphrase on Verdi's Rigoletto

For the Angel Israfel

An American Requiem: Dies Irae

Concerto Nicolo (excerpt)

John Tavener (1944- )
Ikon or Eros (excerpt)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude in D

Erik Satie (1866-1925)
Gymnopedie No. 1

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
The Pines of Rome (finale)

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