Fresh Aire III

( 2 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
Like its namesakes, Fresh Aire III is a series of song-specific themes the life cycle, the forest couched within a larger seasonal theme this time, summer. Listeners will find the same mix of medieval music, progressive keyboard rock, and soft instrumentals that made up the first two Fresh Aire albums in varying amounts. The new wrinkle is music that better leverages the part-time string sections as composer Chip Davis casts his arrangements in a contemporary classical setting. On a piece like "Mere Image," originally written for the Omaha Ballet and chronicling the passage of life from young to old, the music blossoms in the hands of an orchestra. However, sentimentality...
See more details below
CD
$12.02
BN.com price
(Save 7%)$12.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (5) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $5.99   
  • Used (1) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
Like its namesakes, Fresh Aire III is a series of song-specific themes the life cycle, the forest couched within a larger seasonal theme this time, summer. Listeners will find the same mix of medieval music, progressive keyboard rock, and soft instrumentals that made up the first two Fresh Aire albums in varying amounts. The new wrinkle is music that better leverages the part-time string sections as composer Chip Davis casts his arrangements in a contemporary classical setting. On a piece like "Mere Image," originally written for the Omaha Ballet and chronicling the passage of life from young to old, the music blossoms in the hands of an orchestra. However, sentimentality gets the better of Davis on "Morning," resulting in sub-Sergei Rachmaninoff mawkishness. Balancing out the orchestral pieces are the medieval/prog rock keyboard showcases for Jackson Berkey "Toccata," "The Cricket," "Midnight on a Full Moon", again bearing a strong resemblance to the work of Rick Wakeman, and the thoughtful instrumentals painted in watercolor tones "Amber," "Interlude 6," "The Sky". At this stage, the notes explaining the program behind the music are less illuminating than didactic; after all, this isn't rocket science. It is, however, a well-balanced alliance of Davis' own musical development and the spirit of nature and history that runs through all of the Fresh Aire releases. Incorporating the sounds of nature into "The Woods Is Alive," writing music set to motion for "Mere Image," these represent incremental steps for Chip Davis as a composer. Mannheim Steamroller wasn't about to abandon their Fresh Aire aesthetics, yet they manage to move forward within those musical parameters with each album.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: American Gramaphone
  • UPC: 012805500326
  • Catalog Number: 5003
  • Sales rank: 89,310

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Toccata (4:36)
  2. 2 Small Wooden Bach'ses (2:42)
  3. 3 Amber (2:46)
  4. 4 Mere Image (6:51)
  5. 5 Morning (2:55)
  6. 6 Interlude VI (2:58)
  7. 7 The Cricket (2:36)
  8. 8 The Sky (5:01)
  9. 9 Midnight on a Full Moon (3:14)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mannheim Steamroller Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jackson Berky Synthesizer, Piano, Clavichord, Harpsichord, fender rhodes, Tack Piano, Toy Piano
Ron Cooley Guitar
Chip Davis Drums, Recorder
Bob Jenkins Oboe
Hugh Brown Concert Master
Deborah Fuller Violin
Eric Hansen Bass
David Low Cello
Don Sears Synthesizer
Mortimer Alpert Violin
Dorothy Brown Violin
Miriam Duffelmeyer Cello
Ginni Eldred Violin
Lucinda Gladics Viola
James Hammond Viola
David Kappy French Horn
Joe Landes Violin
Beth McCollum Cello
Merton Shatzkin Violin
Steve Shipps Concert Master
Alex Sokol Viola
Ray Still Oboe
Ruth Bransby Violin
Ann Cannell Violin
Leslie Carter Bass, Double Bass
Lurene Ekwurtzel Cello
David Hagy Violin
Lou Lynch Cello
Pat Morrow Viola
Ervin Orban Violin
Sue Robinson Viola
Joe Rosenstein Violin
Bill Schroen Viola
Mike Shultz Bass, Double Bass
Claire Sokol Cello
Mary Sokol Violin
Kathie Spratt Violin
Phillip Wachowski Viola
Susan Winslow Violin
Phillip Washowski Viola
Technical Credits
Jackson Berky Producer
Chip Davis Producer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Don Sears Programming, Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Ron Ubel Engineer
Jim Wheeler Engineer
Carol Davis Art Direction
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Doesn't get any better than this

    I loved this when it came out and am so glad that there is a reproduction in CD form now! My kids love it too!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews