Brink (2006)

Sanford, Sharp, Didkovsky

Meridian Arts Ensemble

On this disc, we present three commissioned pieces, each of which we hope will become a major contribution to the literature. For a long time, we have wanted to design concert programs with just a few large scale works, each of which developed its ideas fully. Now the repertoire is growing, and we are on the brink of something new. All three of these pieces draw on various styles of music available to today's listener, from free improvisation in a densely notated art-rock setting to evocations of African vocal polyphony, from oblique references to 1970's television themes to the rhythms and intonations of a sermonizing preacher. Yet each piece creates its own unique style and language. We recorded this CD in the Doopsgezinde Kerk in the town square of Deventer, Holland, in a large pedestrian plaza referred to locally as Brink.

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Meridian Arts Ensemble

Meridian Arts Ensemble, a sextet comprised of five brass players and a percussionist, is America’s leading brass group exploring the music of today. Founded in 1987, with nine commercial CD releases, over fifty premieres, and performances on four continents and in forty-nine states, Meridian’s exciting and ambitious musical ap- proach has changed the face of classical music.
Now a faculty ensemble at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, the ensemble began its career looking away from academic music and toward the American vernacular. Meridian’s arrangements of the music of Frank Zappa brought critical and popular acclaim, interviews on NPR’s Weekend Edition, and performances in concert halls and rock clubs. Commissions from Milton Babbitt, Elliott Sharp, Tania Leon, Su Lian Tan, Mark Applebaum, Hermeto Pascoal, Nick Didkovsky, David Sanford, The Common Sense Composers’ Collective, Stephen Barber, John Halle, and Kirk Nurock have created a balanced and broad ranging repertoire for brass and percussion that peers into every corner of today’s musical experience.
Meridian’s catalog of nine CD’s on the Channel Classics label represents an equally broad look at the music of today. From an album of Baroque and Renaissance music to the latest release exploring the music of Central and South America, Meridian’s discs have garnered critical acclaim and a large and passionate popular following.
Meridian Arts Ensemble has succeeded in bringing classical music to popular audiences. Consistently attracting a diverse audience base, the ensemble has worked tirelessly to keep the traditions of classical music alive, to spread the appeal of these traditions, and to revisit these traditions from a contemporary sensibility.

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Brink (2006)

Sanford, Sharp, Didkovsky

Meridian Arts Ensemble

    Klassieke Zaken

Swingende muziek van jonge Amerikaanse componisten. Pakkende titels voor de vele muzikale haarspeldbochten die the Meridians eerder op- dan terugschakelend nemen (...) (...) Een onvergetelijke ervaring!!

    Luister

Na 8 jaar radiostilte, veroorzaakt door het vertrek van de trompettist en een lange zoektocht plus inspeeltijd voor vervanger, is er dan eindelijk cd (een super audio) nummer acht!! De muziek op deze cd is moeilijk te classificeren, ze hoort eigenlijk thuis in de rubriek Niemandsland, met invloeden van jazz- ,world-, rock- en computermuziek. Piepknars is het zeker niet, interessant altijd en gemakzuchtig nooit. Dit laatste geldt ook voor de supervirtuozen die dit ensemble vormen, en al evenzeer voor opnameleider en technicus Jared Sacks.

    American Record Guide

Meridian plays well and enthusiastic

    Classics Today -

Meridian has made eight recordings on Channel Classics. All those I've heard are well worth owningOn all of its discs Meridian has displayed a talent for discovering nuggets of good music amid much modernist dross. Happily, this trend continues here: all three works, while modern and dissonant, are well-made and excitingexhilarating energyChannel Classics is one of the best of several small labels that continue to trump the so-called "major" classical labels in all important aspects: artist development, imaginative repertoire choices, and clean, powerful sound. It's difficult to imagine any other company better suited to ideally exploit the multilayered aspects of the Meridian's individual technical skills and precision ensemble. All of this is presented in multi-channel SACD that is as brilliant and natural as you will hear anywhere. If you have an interest in good new music, I recommend this release highly; if you are a brass fanatic, the disc is mandatory 10/10

Brink (2006)

Sanford, Sharp, Didkovsky

Meridian Arts Ensemble

Cables: van den Hul T3 series
Digital Converters: Meitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer: Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: Doopgezinde Kerk Deventer, The Netherlands 2006
Recording Software: Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: Audiolab, Holland

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Corpus - Antiphon
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Corpus - Introit
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Corpus - Shot
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Corpus - Kreuz_Manner
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Corpus - De Profundis
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Corpus - Sermon
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Beyond The Curve
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Andante & Allegretto In C, Kv 402 (385E) - Allegro Moderato
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Andante & Allegretto In C, KV 404 (385D) - Andante
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Andante & Allegretto In C, KV 404 (385D) - Allegretto
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Sonata In Bb, KV8 - Allegro
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Sonata In Bb, KV8 - Andante Grazioso
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Sonata In Bb, KV8 - Menuet I & II
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Sonata In Eb, KV 380 - Allegro
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Sonata In Eb, KV 380 - Andante Con Moto
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Sonata In Eb, KV 380 - Rondeau_ Allegro
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Slim In Beaten Dreamers - Rmedial, Eminent Brass
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Slim In Beaten Dreamers - Manliest Base Reminder
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Slim In Beaten Dreamers - Able, Saner Determinism
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Slim In Beaten Dreamers - A Mean, Dim Terribleness
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Slim In Beaten Dreamers - Steamier Limb Ensnared
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Slim In Beaten Dreamers - Merriest, Blamed, Insane
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