XLO/ REFERENCE RECORDINGS TEST & BURN-IN CD
"The Absolute Sound Super Disc List"
Now Available again! This is THE step-by-step guide to setting up and fine-tuning your audio or home theatre system. Roger Skoff of XLO Electric (innovators in the field of cables and interconnects) and "Prof" Keith O. Johnson (audio guru, co-inventor of the HDCD process, and recording engineer extraordinaire) lead you through a quick and easy system set-up. Included are tracks dealing with Balance, Wiring and Polarity, Speaker Placement, Soundstaging, Imaging and Depth, Absolute Phase, Component Demagnetization and Burn-In, PLUS a varied selection of RR jazz and classics to show off your fully-tweaked system. Music includes: Stormy Weather; Shiny Stockings; Gould: Derivations (excerpt); Janacek: Sinfonietta (excerpt); Biebel: Ave Maria; Weinberger: Polka and Fugue.
NEW RETAIL PRICE: $19.98 (Reduced from $29.98). These are not gold discs which are no longer available. HDCD Compact Disc, playable on all CD and universal players. Includes full instruction manual!
Our samplers offer an exciting and inexpensive way to introduce yourself (or a friend)
to our artists and our recording style. All samplers include entire
tracks, no fades. Samplers are great holiday gifts!!
NEW JAZZ SAMPLER
Top tracks by Dick Hyman, Clark Terry, Red Norvo, Mike Garson, The Hot Club of San Franciso, Jim Brock and The Blazing Redheads.
Jazz covers a lot of musical territory, and many of its varied styles are represented here. Stride piano from the 1920s rubs shoulders with swing from the 1940s, classic combo sounds from the 1950s, salsa-flavored dance music, and recently-created pieces that stretch the very boundaries of jazz.
Don't miss this "cream" collection from the RR catalogue, at the bargain price of Only $9.98.
Track Listing:Red Norvo Quintet: Rhee Waahnee; Dick Hyman, piano: I’m Goin’ To See My Ma; Blazing Redheads: Tribute To Dollar Brand; Mike Garson Quartet: Nothin’ To Do Blues; Clark Terry/DePaul U. Big Band: I Want A Little Girl; Hyman Swing All-Stars: You’re Driving Me Crazy/Moten Swing; Jim Brock Ensemble: O Vazio; DICK Hyman, piano: I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart; Hyman Swing All-Stars: I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music; Hot Club of San Francisco: Lullabye; Dick Hyman, piano: In A Mist; Brock/Manakas Ensemble: Jordan
RR-910 HDCD - JAZZ KALEIDOSCOPE - $9.98
Prepare to be AMAZED!
Dallas Wind Symphony
“The Dallas Wind Symphony is one of America’s elite cultural institutions, up there with the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.” –Gene Gaudette.comAt last, a collection of the very best tracks from all RR releases with The Dallas Wind Symphony, America’s only full-time professional wind band! All wind music enthusiasts need to have these knockout performances, conducted by the legendary Frederick Fennell, Jerry Junkin and Howard Dunn. Recorded in the acclaimed acoustics of the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, the great music and spectacular sonics are perfectly captured by RR’s world-renowned team of engineer Keith Johnson and producer Tam Henderson.
The Dallas Wind Symphony has recorded thirteen critically-acclaimed titles for RR. This first DWS Sampler, at the special-value price of $9.98, is a collection of “primo” tracks, one from each program, that can serve as an introduction to the exciting world of the extensive wind-band repertoire, and as an audio spectacular to give the finest high-end audio systems a workout!
“The DWS matches every varied mood with skill and spirit. And RR, known for super-duper sonics, again captures the ensemble, and the generous acoustics of the Meyerson Symphony Center, with reach-out-and-touch-it realism. –Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
RR-909 -Track Listing - Conducted by HOWARD DUNN: H. OWEN REED: La Fiesta Mexicana, Prelude and Aztec Dance; GUSTAV HOLST: Suite #2 in F – excerpt; Conducted by FREDERICK FENNELL: RUBIN GOLDMARK: Rustic Wedding Symphony – Scherzo; ISAAC ALBENIZ: Feast-Day in Seville; JAROMIR WEINBERGER: Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper; MORTON GOULD: Pavanne; LEON JESSEL: Parade of the Wooden Soldiers; MALCOLM ARNOLD: Scottish Dance; RON NELSON: Rocky Point Holiday; Conducted by JERRY JUNKIN: JOHN PHILIP SOUSA: Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; PAUL HINDEMITH: Kammermusik #7–finale; PERCY GRAINGER: Gumsuckers March; DAVID MASLANKA: Symphony #4–finale
30th ANNIVERSARY SAMPLER
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
process, co-invented by Keith Johnson— in our view, the best
way to make a digital
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.
RR-908 track listing—1-Susato: The
Dansyere—La Morisque (Jerry Junkin/University of Texas
Wind Ensemble) 2-Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody
#1 (Eiji Oue/Minnesota
Orchestra)—FIRST RELEASE 3-Satie: Gymnopedie
#1 (Eiji Oue/Minnesota
Orchestra) 4-Gabriela Lena Frank: Mestizo
Waltz (Keith Lockhart/Utah
Symphony) 5-John Tavener: Ikon of Eros—excerpt
(Paul Goodwin/Minnesota Orchestra & Chorale) 6-Liszt: Prelude
on B-A-C-H (Felix Hell,
organ) 7-Dominick Argento: For the Angel
Israfel (Eiji Oue/Minnesota
Orchestra) 8-Liszt: Paraphrase on Verdi’s
Fan, piano) 9-Danielpour: An
Irae (Carl St.Clair/Pacific Symphony Orchestra & Chorus) 10-Rachmaninoff: Symphonic
Dance #3 (Eiji Oue/Minnesota Orchestra) 11-Skrowaczewski: Concerto
Nicolò—finale (Gary Graffman/Skrowaczewski/Minnesota
Orchestra) 12-J. S. Bach: Prelude in D (Virgil
Fox, organ) 13-Respighi: The Pines of
RR-908 30th ANNIVERSARY SAMPLER - $9.98
Eiji Oue / Minnesota Orchestra
One of America's finest symphonic ensembles, the Minnesota Orchestra has
a distinguished recording career going back to 1924. Its list of renowned
music directors include Eugene Ormandy, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Antal
Dorati, Sir Neville Marriner, Edo de Waart and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. For
the past five years, Eiji Oue's fresh and dynamic interpretations have
been preserved for posterity by RR's "Prof." Keith Johnson in state-of-the-art
MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA SHOWCASE contains highlights from each of these
critically-acclaimed recordings - plus the first release anywhere of
the orchestra's sizzling new performance of Richard Strauss' DON JUAN!
Richard Strauss: Don Juan - FIRST RELEASE; Deems Taylor: Looking
Glass Insects; 3 Dominick Argento: Valentino Dances (excerpt);
4 Sibelius: Finlandia; 5 Liadov: Baba Yaga; 6 Stravinsky:
The Firebird Suite (excerpt); 7 Tchaikovsky: Hopak from Mazeppa;
8 Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (excerpt) withy Jon Villars,
tenor 9 Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite (excerpt); 10 Bernstein:
Candide Suite, arr. Charlie Harmon (excerpt); 11 R. Strauss:
Ein Heldenleben (excerpt); 12 Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso.
An Orchestral Sampler
"The Absolute Sound Super Disc List"
TUTTI! is Italian for "all together now," as in the
sound of a full orchestra playing in perfect ensemble. TUTTI! is also
the new full-length
sampler of RR's recent classical orchestral releases -- PLUS a special
BONUS track available nowhere else! Artists include Eiji Oue and the
Minnesota Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra,
Jose Serebrier and the Czech State Philharmonic, Eugene Istomin, Gerard
Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony, Jerry Junkin and the Dallas Wind
Symphony,and the Turtle Creek Chorale.
TRACK LISTING:1 Rimsky-Korsakov: Dance of the Tumblers, Eiji Oue/Minnesota Orchestra;
2 Chadwick: Intermezzo e Humoreske from Suite symphonique, Jose
Serebrier/Czech State Philharmonic; 3 Ron Nelson: Rocky Point Holiday,
Jerry Junkin/Dallas Wind Symphony; 4-5 Igor Stravinsky: The FirebirdBerceuse
and Finale, Eiji Oue/Minnesota Orchestra; 6 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Piano Concerto No. 21Andante, Eugene Istomin, piano, Gerard
Schwarz/Seattle Symphony; 7 Paul Paray: Symphony No. 1 (excerpt), James
Paul/Royal Scottish National. Orchestra; 8 Anton Bruckner: Symphony
No. 9Scherzo, Skrowaczewski/Minnesota Orchestra; 9 Antonio
Vivaldi: Concerto in F, RV 569Allegro, Nicholas McGegan/Philharmonia
Baroque; 10 Malcolm Arnold: The Padstow Lifeboat, Jerry Junkin/Dallas
Wind Symphony; 11 Jacques Ibert: Escalesanimé (Valencia),
Eiji Oue/Minnesota Orchestra; 12 R. Strauss: The Times of DayDer
Morgen, Timothy Seelig/Turtle Creek Chorale, Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra;
13 Leos Janácek: The Makropulos Case, Symphonic Synthesis,
Act II, José Serebrier/Czech State Philharmonic; 14 Eiji Oue, E.C.F., from Presque Isle, Eiji Oue/Minnesota Orchestra
(World Premiere); 15-16 Mussorgsky-Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition(excerpts),
Eiji Oue/Minnesota Orchestra.
RR-906 HDCD $9.98
NOTE: Now Also Available as SACD $22.98 - To Order RR-906SACD
FIRST SAMPLING: CLASSICS
COPLAND:An Outdoor Overture (from RR-22); PACHELBEL: Canon & Gigue
in D (RR-13); WALTON: Facade (excerpts) (RR-16);
LISZT: Feux Follets (RR-25); RESPIGHI: Church Windows (St.
Michael Archangel) (RR-15); BRITTEN: Interlude (RR-21);
WEILL: Threepenny Opera Suite (excerpts) (RR-29); RAMEAU: La
Cupis (RR-27); RUTTER: Nativity Carol (RR-21); CHIHARA:
The Tempest (excerpts) (RR-10); STRAVINSKY: L'Histoire du
Soldat (excerpts) (RR-17); BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique:
Witches' Sabbath (RR-11). (TT: 71:46) (Released 1990)
RR-S1 CD $9.98
FIRSTSAMPLING: JAZZ & VOCALS
Includes tracks by Jim Brock (from RR-31), Blazing Redheads (RR-26), Matt Catingub
(RR-14), Eileen Farrell (RR-30,32,34,36), Mike Garson (RR-18,20), Dick
Hyman (RR-33), Marni Nixon and Lincoln Mayorga (RR-19,28), and Airto
Moreira (RR-24). (TT: 65:50) (Released 1990)
HDCD SAMPLER VOL l
Highlights from the first four HDCD releases.
Includes: NELHYBEL: Trittico (from RR-52); NELSON: Behold Man (RR-49);
ALBÉNIZ: Feast Day in Seville (RR-52); THOMPSON: The
Testament of Freedom (RR-49); MIKE GARSON: All Blues (M.
Davis) (RR-53); DICK HYMAN: The Gal From Joe's (D. Ellington)
(RR-50). (TT: 33:37) (Released 1993)
RR-S3 HDCD $9.98
HDCD SAMPLER VOL II
Highlights from more recent HDCD releases, plus comparison tracks, HDCD
Includes: CHADWICK: Noel (from RR-64); WILLS: The Vikings (RR-58);
CHESNOKOV: Spaséñiye sodélal (RR-61); HAMLISCH:
A Chorus Line medley (RR-62); RUTTER: Requiem (Lux Aeterna) (RR-57);
JANÁCEK: Sinfonietta (excerpts) (RR-65); SHAW:
Concerto for Clarinet (RR-55); DICK HYMAN & BAND: Moten
Swing (RR-59); DICK HYMAN: Dooji Wooji (RR-59). (TT: 73:16)
RR-905 HDCD $9.98