Fresh Aire 8

Fresh Aire 8

by Mannheim Steamroller
     
 
Essentially the creation of one Chip Davis, Mannheim Steamroller wraps up its Fresh Aire series with this eighth offering. A cleverly placed sideways "8" on the album's cover also symbolizes the album's theme of infinity. And the little nuances don't end there: The liner notes describe eight tracks when in fact there are a healthy 12! The first five comprise the

Overview

Essentially the creation of one Chip Davis, Mannheim Steamroller wraps up its Fresh Aire series with this eighth offering. A cleverly placed sideways "8" on the album's cover also symbolizes the album's theme of infinity. And the little nuances don't end there: The liner notes describe eight tracks when in fact there are a healthy 12! The first five comprise the opening suite, "Greek Thinkers: Infinity in Philosophy." A sweeping processional with orchestra, harp, and balalaika expands to a take on the rhythms of Ravel's "Bolero" and the feeling of climbing a widening cerebral staircase. Davis has a ball with space winds, rumbling blasts, and the zing of zooming particles on "The Big Bang: Infinity in Cosmology" (which should really come alive in surround sound, though the neighbors may complain). "Leonardo: The Infinite Thinker" employs strings, harpsichord, and drum set (Davis's instrument) for a merry romp through the imagination. The vastly romantic bolero "Waterfall: Infinity in Art" is inspired by the famous M. C. Escher print of a mill's endless waterways. "The Circle of Love: Infinity in the Wedding Band" sandwiches a piano-orchestra rhapsody with trippy swaths of electronic infinity sounds. With text provided by the liner notes, "The Steamroller: Infinity in Music" tells the musical tale of a certain steamroller that falls for "Dreamy," a rock band groupie -- it's charming, funky, and steamy. The whole affair culminates with the most story-like of all the pieces, "The Heart & the Feather." An Egyptian painter completes a tomb's decor, only to find himself swept away into the marvelous expanse of the heavens. Fresh Aire 8 delivers plenty of speaker-stretching sounds, real orchestral scope, outrageous themes, and catchy rhythms, adding up to an infinity of amusement.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2000
Label:
American Gramaphone
UPC:
0012805088824
catalogNumber:
888
Rank:
5520

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mannheim Steamroller   Primary Artist
Jackson Berkey   Piano,Soloist
Chip Davis   Conductor
Ray Adams   Celli
Jeffrey Bryant   Horn
Janice Graham   Violin,Leader
Tom Hartig   Saxophone
Hilary Jones   Celli
Colin Paris   Bass
Arnie Roth   Violin,Soloist
Paul Silverthorne   Viola
Robert Bourton   Bassoon
Noel Bradshaw   Celli
Robin Brightman   Violin
Duff Burns   Viola
Norman Clarke   Violin
Eric Crees   Tenor Trombone
David Goodall   Violin
Lennox Mackenzie   Violin
Ian McDonough   Violin
Gerald Newson   Double Bass
Colin Renwick   Violin
Robert Retallick   Violin
Stephen Rowlinson   Violin
Francis Saunders   Celli
Jonathan Welch   Viola
Andrew Marriner   Clarinet
Nigel Broadbent   Violin
Warwick Hill   Violin
Richard Holttum   Viola
P. Norriss   Viola
Gerry Ruddock   Trumpet
Moray Welsh   Cello,Celli,Soloist
Simon Carrington   Timpani
Dominic Morgan   Bassoon
Jeremy Cornes   Percussion
Elizabeth Greaves   Violin
Paul Robson   Violin
Edward Vanderspar   Viola
Robert Turner   Viola
Ian Rhodes   Violin
Nicole Wilson   Violin
Peter Manning   Violin,Leader
Matthew Gardner   Violin
Min Yang   Violin
Martin Parry   Flute
Ginette Decuyper   Violin
Tom Norris   Violin
Andrew Pollock   Violin
Sarah Quinn   Violin
Malcolm Johnston   Viola
Gina Zagni   Viola
Kieron Moore   Oboe
William Haskins   Horn
James Maynard   Tenor Trombone
Paul Edmund-Davies   Flute
Michael Spencer   Violin
Timothy Hugh   Celli
Tim Jones   Horn
Roy Carter   Oboe

Technical Credits

Chip Davis   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
David Cwirko   Engineer
Dick Lewzey   Engineer
Brian Ackley   Engineer
Louis Stout   Orchestral Assistant
Gavin Landless   Engineer

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