The “Mechanics” of a recording
Recently Gabriel V Brass Ensemble traveled to Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts to record their next CD on the subjects of Fire and Ice. Built in 19th century elegance, Mechanics Hall is “an acoustical masterpiece – internationally regarded as one of the world’s great concert halls for its superb acoustics and inspirational beauty.” (http://www.mechanicshall.org)
Gabriel V spent many months in preparation for this next recording (usually practicing at 6am!). It wasn’t difficult to wrap our hearts around the hymn-based arrangements – from the majesty of Finlandia, to Karl Jenkin’s breath-taking Benedictus, to images of England’s countryside in Variations on Down Ampney. A number of anthems were penned by the ensemble’s own accomplished composers including Blaze, Fire and Ice, and Pentecost Fanfare – some thrilling stuff!
It was truly a privilege for us to have David Ohanian as one of our producers. David played for years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, and he was a founding member of the Empire Brass and member of the Canadian Brass from 1986-98.
Look for this new recording in the early spring!