Fresh Aire V

Fresh Aire V

by Mannheim Steamroller


This ambitious fifth album in the Mannheim Steamroller Fresh Aire series leaves earth-bound themes behind to blast off into the cosmos. Composer Chip Davis's signature electro-Renaissance-rock ensemble is expanded to include the London Symphony Orchestra and the Cambridge Singers. Here, Davis's concept is atypically unified: The musical narrative draws inspiration from Johannes Kepler's book, The Dream, a fanciful tale from 1609 of archaic astronomy and human travel to the moon. And the mode of transportation? Being shot from a cannon, of course. Phrases from the story inspire the album's musical movements, opening with the innocent plainsong "Lumen" sung by the Cambridge Singers. "Escape from the Atmosphere" blasts off with an orchestral detonation, then builds with Davis's propulsive drums, a groovin' bass, keyboards, harpsichord, and plenty of brass. The music drifts into an echo as our human bullet reaches space, floating on a dreamy melody lead by the piano. "Dancin' in the Stars" inspires you to do a joyous swing, featuring the usual MS harpsichord, and "Z-Row Gravity" features spacey and mechanistic synthesizer effects. Other highlights include the delicate tiptoe tones of "Creatures of Levania," the dramatic fanfare of brass, drums, and orchestra signaling the sight of the "Earthrise," and the celebratory full-ensemble "Return" lead by the buoyant hammered dulcimer. The final, half-minute track, "The Storm," contains only rain-and-thunder sounds to awaken the listener from the vision. Davis's arrangements are deftly executed, colorful, and evocative -- a fun album from blastoff to home landing.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2000
Label: American Gramaphone
UPC: 0012805500524
catalogNumber: 5005

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mannheim Steamroller   Primary Artist
John Rutter   Choir Master
Jackson Berkey   Keyboards
London Symphony Orchestra   Track Performer
Cambridge Singers   Track Performer
Chip Davis   Percussion,Conductor
Eric Hansen   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

John Richards   Engineer
Don Sears   Engineer
Jim Wheeler   Engineer
Tim Pennington   Engineer
Don Sear   Engineer
Gilbert Williams   Art Direction,Paintings
Mark Coniglio   Programming,Program Sequencer
Steve Ozaydin   Engineer

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