The universe is not exactly desperate for more recordings of this repertoire, but this one, surprising as it might seem, is pretty excellent. Michael Stern and his Kansas City Symphony take to the music as if to the manner born. The Wasps, here given as the complete suite and not just the overture, is delightful. Perhaps the only slight miscalculation in the entire performance is the overly swift March Past of the Kitchen Utensils, which loses some of its comic swagger at Stern’s tempo. Otherwise the overture and (especially) the Ballet and Final Tableau offer pure enjoyment from start to finish. The Fantasia on Greensleeves, un-killable in just about any circumstances, sounds just fine as well.
Composer: Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams Orchestra: Kansas City Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Michael Stern Label: Reference Recordings VinylRelase Date: 2013 Number of LPs: 2 Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 200g Pressing, 45RPM Format: Flac Resolution: 24/96 + 16/44 downsample Size: 1,12 GB Scans: yes Server: FF