Fresh Aire VI

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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Mannheim Steamroller chief Chip Davis taps the richness of classical Greek mythology for his sixth Fresh Aire album. Here, Davis both plays drums and conducts the London Symphony Orchestra. The Cambridge Singers (conducted by John Rutter), Steamroller stalwart Jackson Berkey at the keyboards, and a bevy of other vocalists complete the ensemble. The sea, of course, plays an important role in all things Grecian, and Davis begins the album with "Come Home to the Sea," complete with wave effects, a set-sail seafaring melody, and electronic chirps of playful dolphins. Featuring the electric piano of the same name, the three-part "Rhodes Suite" honors Helios, the sun god who ...
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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Mannheim Steamroller chief Chip Davis taps the richness of classical Greek mythology for his sixth Fresh Aire album. Here, Davis both plays drums and conducts the London Symphony Orchestra. The Cambridge Singers (conducted by John Rutter), Steamroller stalwart Jackson Berkey at the keyboards, and a bevy of other vocalists complete the ensemble. The sea, of course, plays an important role in all things Grecian, and Davis begins the album with "Come Home to the Sea," complete with wave effects, a set-sail seafaring melody, and electronic chirps of playful dolphins. Featuring the electric piano of the same name, the three-part "Rhodes Suite" honors Helios, the sun god who rode his winged-horse chariot through the sky. The "Twilight" segment paints impressionistic echoes of day's end in clarion tones, while "Night Festival" proceeds to get a little tipsy with an exotic, electrified melody in the Dorian mode. Helios's snorting horse and rumbling chariot take off on "Sunrise," with full orchestra and choir marking the god's broad passage across the sky. "Nepenthe" is a somber piece for piano, oboe, and orchestra, recalling the Egyptian drug's power of dulling sorrows. The four-part "Siren" suite caps the album: "Crash and Call" is one of the most alluring tracks here, and the seduction continues on "The Singing Contest" between voices of the Muses (women of the Cambridge Singers) and the Sirens (the electronic Emulator voices). The broad symphonic scope of "Farewell" seems to catch the wind heading into the sunset. The extended liner notes on the corresponding myths make for an invigorating aid to the listener's imagination.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Siren-like sounds and stately melodies dominate on an album whose theme is "impressions of Greek mythology."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: American Gramaphone
  • UPC: 012805500623
  • Catalog Number: 5006
  • Sales rank: 185,413

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mannheim Steamroller Primary Artist, Primary Artist
John Rutter Conductor
Jackson Berky Keyboards
London Symphony Orchestra Track Performer
Cambridge Singers Track Performer
Chip Davis Conductor, Drums
Pam Kalal Voices, Emulator
Liz Westphalen Voices, Emulator, Siren
Denise Fackler Voices, Emulator, Siren
Michael Davis Concert Master
Technical Credits
Ron Cooley Contributor
Chip Davis Composer, Producer
John Boyd Engineer
Ron Dabbs Engineer
Eric Hansen Contributor
Campbell Hughes Engineer
Denny Schneider Contributor
Don Sears Engineer
Craig Fuller Contributor
David Kappy Contributor
Peter Sidhour Engineer
Campbell Hughs Engineer
Tim Pennington Engineer
Dave Wompler Contributor
Dick Lewsey Engineer
Gilbert Williams Paintings
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