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Discussion: Dvorak: Symphony No. 8, Janacek: Jenufa (suite) - Honeck

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Post by jeff3948 July 28, 2014 (51 of 59)
tailspn said:

He's not? That would be news to Keith.

Reference Recordings is the release label for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which is the content owner. Reference is like Exton used to be. The PSO independently contracts SoundMirror, with whom they're very happy, and have been involved in their recordings for more than eight years, to record their orchestra.

Reference Recordings, with Keith engineering, has been recording their own projects for more than twenty years, and continues to do so.

Why not contact Reference and ask your question, rather than float erroneous information?

Tom

Dear tailspn, My intent was not to float erroneous information at all. I have been a Reference Recording lover (recordings done by Professor Johnson) for 28 years now and own almost all his classical music recordings. When I found out that Professor Johnson was not the engineer on this SACD it came as a total shock to me. I always thought Professor Johnson was the sound engineer on ALL the CDs and SACDs that he released on his label. So I assumed that he was no longer the sound engineer and asked the question here. Now I see that was a mistake. You can be sure I will no longer ask any questions on this website any more. I will only ask the label themselves. The Jan and Marcia at Reference Recordings are much nicer then you. Your assumption that I would intentionally float erroneous information about Professor Johnson and Reference Recordings is very insulting to me. Now I feel really really bad.

Post by tailspn July 28, 2014 (52 of 59)
Hi Jeff,

If you re-read your question, I think you can appreciate why I thought it was more of a potential misinformation declarative statement, phrased as a question. In any case, I apologize for upsetting you. You clearly are a supporter of Reference Recordings, and meant them no harm.

And I agree, you're correct that any information you desire about a label should be directed to that label.

Tom

Post by zeus July 28, 2014 (53 of 59)
tailspn said:

Hi Jeff,

If you re-read your question, I think you can appreciate why I thought it was more of a potential misinformation declarative statement, phrased as a question. In any case, I apologize for upsetting you. You clearly are a supporter of Reference Recordings, and meant them no harm.

And I agree, you're correct that any information you desire about a label should be directed to that label.

Tom

There was no confusion to me. Your response was clearly out of line. Nor is it your position to determine what can or can't be questioned here. The whole thing could have been resolved by simply responding in the appropriate manner. I myself was curious why Reference Recordings was offering DSD recordings given Professor Johnson's oft-stated position re PCM vs DSD.

Post by tailspn July 28, 2014 (54 of 59)
zeus said:

I myself was curious why Reference Recordings was offering DSD recordings given Professor Johnson's oft-stated position re PCM vs DSD.

Well, now you know :)

Post by zeus July 28, 2014 (55 of 59)
tailspn said:

Well, now you know :)

Now YOU know.

Post by Euell Neverno July 28, 2014 (56 of 59)
zeus said:

I myself was curious why Reference Recordings was offering DSD recordings given Professor Johnson's oft-stated position re PCM vs DSD.

Tailspin said:

Well, now you know :)

Quite sure we don't as regards Zeus' point.

Post by Windsurfer July 29, 2014 (57 of 59)
SteelyTom said:


Speaking of Manfred Honeck, I'm looking forward to seeing him perform Mahler 2 with the Boston SO this weekend at Tanglewood.

We were there and enjoyed the performance very much.

Post by SteelyTom July 31, 2014 (58 of 59)
Windsurfer said:

We were there and enjoyed the performance very much.

I enjoyed it as well. The Tanglewood Festival Chorus outdid itself-- it must've helped that they've performed the work on several occasions recently (for Dohnanyi and Levine). Pittsburgh is lucky to have Honeck.

Post by Celebidache2000 April 10, 2015 (59 of 59)
I listened to this disc last night and could not help but stand and applaud afterward. I sincerely hope that we get more recordings from this team soon...everything (on this disc) was played so passionately and recorded so realistically that I could feel the "wooosh" of the instrument's power in my face and body, the kind of air movement, orchestral "wallop" and vivid tone color that I hear in live performance but almost never in recordings.

The Dvorak Symphony (to my ears) has never been played better and the Janacek piece was revelatory.

I would love to hear this team's version of Rimsky Korsakov's Sheherazade (the best current recording is over 60 years old), the rest of Dvorak's Symphonies, Brahms Four Symphonies and Piano Concerti, Tchaikovsky's Six Symphonies, tone poems and ballets, Schubert's Symphonies, all the orchestral work of Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel (including the two Piano Concerti), George Gershwin, Franz Liszt's Piano Concerti (again the best current recording is over 50 years old), Mendelssohn's complete orchestral works, Prokoviev's Symphonies, Ballets and Cantatas, Berlioz's Symphonies, Tone-poems and Viola Concerto, Bizet's complete Carmen, Khachaturian's Ballets and Tone Poems, Grieg's Incidental Music, Tone Poems and Concerti, and Carl Maria Von Weber's Overtures, Operas, Symphonies, and Concerti. This is all repetoire which has been strangely neglected and/or not quite perfected on SACD.

I can't wait to hear more from Honeck and Reference Recordings.

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