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Meridian Arts Ensemble

Sanford, Sharp, Didkovsky

SKU: 23206

Year of release: 2006

Corpus 18:54
1. Antiphon Sanford 00:42
2. Introit Sanford 02:21
3. Shot Sanford 04:25
4. Kreuz_Manner Sanford 01:47
5. De Profundis Sanford 03:39
6. Sermon Sanford 05:59
7. Beyond The Curve Sharp 13:49
Andante & Allegretto In C, Kv 402 (385E) 00:39
8. Allegro Moderato Didkovsky 00:39
Andante & Allegretto In C, KV 404 (385D) 02:08
9. Andante Didkovsky 01:19
10. Allegretto Didkovsky 00:48
Sonata In Bb, KV8 04:39
11. Allegro Didkovsky 01:37
12. Andante Grazioso Didkovsky 02:37
13. Menuet I & II Didkovsky 00:24
Sonata In Eb, KV 380 03:47
14. Allegro Didkovsky 02:03
15. Andante Con Moto Didkovsky 01:12
16. Rondeau_ Allegro Didkovsky 00:30
Slim In Beaten Dreamers 09:32
17. Rmedial, Eminent Brass Didkovsky 00:26
18. Manliest Base Reminder Didkovsky 00:23
19. Able, Saner Determinism Didkovsky 03:47
20. A Mean, Dim Terribleness Didkovsky 01:09
21. Steamier Limb Ensnared Didkovsky 02:49
22. Merriest, Blamed, Insane Didkovsky 00:56
Total time: 53:31

About this album

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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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!!

American Record Guide

Meridian plays well and enthusiastic


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.

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


Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationDoopgezinde Kerk Deventer, The Netherlands 2006
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersMeitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series