Requires DVD-Audio player for playback of DVD-Audio side of disc.
AIX's Shostakovich, Debussy and Brockman made the "Classical Caps" review section of the August 2008 issue of The Absolute Sound. Andrew Quint describes the sound of the AIX production as "...the most stunningly natural digital sound I've ever heard." High praise coming from one of the most respected audiophile publications. When describing the MLP mix on the DVD-Audio side of the disc, Andrews continued, "This provides a "stage" perspective: listeners witness the concert from the aural vantage point of the pianist's page turner. The listening experience is extraordinarily involving, with the representation of the instruments practically holographic".
A couple of 20th C. chamber music masterworks and a new piece by southern Californian Jane Brockman are featured on this HD Audio disc. The Shostakovich Piano Quintet is lush, melodic and has beautiful Fugue in the middle while the Debussy is a flowing, sensuous blend of flute, viola and harp.
Delores Stevens is a very fine pianist based in Los Angeles and played on the very first AIX Records release over 7 years ago. For this project she offered the Chamber Music Palisades ensemble in performances of two of the 20th Century's finest chamber music works and a new composition by Jane Brockman. These are terrific performances! They were captured using HD video equipment and the usual HD Audio approach.
This recording is NOT an attempt to "document" a live recording of a chamber music ensemble but instead an exploration of the creative process of making and recording music on videotape and using high-resolution digital audio recording equipment. AIX Records uses no EQ, dynamics processing or artificial reverberation...everything you hear is as the musicians played it. Both "audience" and "stage" 5.1 mixes and a PCM 96/24 bit stereo mix are included on the disc on the DVD-Video side. However, it is the DVD-Audio 96 kHz/24 bit tracks encoded with Meridian Lossless Packing [MLP] that elevates the listening experience well beyond a traditional CD or even a live event. You can chose to listen from the middle of ensemble and hear the sound of the instruments coming from all directions or place yourself in the "best seat in the house". The dynamic range and fidelity offered by the 96 kHz/24 Bit source recording makes this recording come to life.
This DVD disc has two sides with digital data on them. One side, the DVD-Video side, contains the complete performances shot in HD Video, alternate mixes ("stage" and "audience"), DTS and Dolby Digital audio tracks and a comprehensive array of informational screens about the project and the performers. There are photos from the sessions and complete technical information about the recording.
The DVD-Video side also contains a variety of audio/video media including: complete session videos, interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, rehearsals, comprehensive explanation of the DVD format (including DVD-Audio, DVD-Video and DVD-ROM), digital encoding methodologies (AC-3, DTS, PCM and MLP), instructions on how to setup your 5.1 channel surround system, test tones/channel IDs checks and demonstrations comparing stereo mixes to 5.1 mixes. Everything you want to know about DVD and 5.1 channel surround is on this disc.
Chamber Music Palisades:
Susan Greenberg, flute
Delores Stevens, piano
JoAnn Turovsky, harp
Roger Wilkie, violin
Rene Mandel, violin
Paul Coletti, viola
Peter Stumpf, cello
Shot in HD Video and presented in 16:9 anamorphic video
96 kHz/24 Bits PCM Stereo Mix compatible with all DVD players
Compatible with DVD-Audio and DVD-Video players
Extensive Artist Bios
Complete Session Video
Alternate 5.1 channel surround mixes "Stage" and "Audience" POV
Extensive Interactive Liner Notes on the Performers, Session and Technical Info
Complete information on the DVD format, 5.1 channel surround and Setup Instructions
Disc 2 CD - Session Audio, 44.1 kHz/16-bits
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Piano Quintet Op. 57
4. Intermezzo & Finale
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp
Feast of Fives