Chamber Music Palisades MULTI-CH DVD-A & CD
TAS Recommended! Rated a 'Best Audiophile Label Recording' in the November 2009 issue of The Absolute Sound!
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
• Photo Gallery
• 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
• Complete information on the DVD format, 5.1 channel surround and Setup
• 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