Fresh Aire VI

Fresh Aire VI

by Mannheim Steamroller
     
 

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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, ofSee more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Siren-like sounds and stately melodies dominate on an album whose theme is "impressions of Greek mythology."

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
Label:
American Gramaphone
UPC:
0012805500623
Rank:
181863

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mannheim Steamroller   Primary Artist
John Rutter   Conductor
Jackson Berkey   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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