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  Reference Recordings -
  Britten's Orchestra - Michael Stern
  Britten: The Young Personís Guide to the Orchestra, Sinfonia da requiem, Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia from "Peter Grimes"

Kansas City Symphony
Michael Stern (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Site review by Geohominid June 26, 2010
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Review by jeff3948 May 20, 2010 (10 of 11 found this review helpful)
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This "Prof. Johnson" Surround sound recording exceeded all my expectations! I never thought Prof. Johnson would buck the classical music recording industry standard of having the orchestra in front and only using the rear channels for ambient information. To my great and pleasant surprise, the orchestra surrounds the listener with the strings reaching around to the left side, the trumpets coming from the right rear and the snare drum from the left rear, etc. Also the center channel is well utilized, revealing the inner voices of the orchestra. One almost gets the sense of being in the middle of the orchestra facing the conductor but with the orchestra still correctly positioned with first violins being on the far left, string basses on the far right. For you bass lovers, the bass was deep, full, round and plump!! It was a fantastically thrilling experience, and so incredibly life like and with such a warm acoustic with great reverberation of the hall so well captured. The recording was made in the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence Missouri. Michael Stern and the Kansas City Orchestra have given us polished performances I found to be very well done with passion and verve. I feel with this recording, Michael Stern and the Kansas City Orchestra are now major player's in the classical music world. Superb!! Highly recommended. FYI - This is a 5.1 channel Surround recording (Bass is incredible even without the LFE channel. I listened both with and without the LFE channel on.)

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Works: 4  

Benjamin Britten - Four Sea Interludes, Op. 33a
Benjamin Britten - Passacaglia, Op. 33b
Benjamin Britten - Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20
Benjamin Britten - Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34