Megumi Stohs, one of the Criers and also the label manager, explains: “Crier Records was born from the desire to take A Far Cry’s concert programming to the next level. Having our own label provides the utmost flexibility to create and release our musical experience to the world in a way that is beautiful inside and out, and to find a unique expression for every project. We are thrilled now to share our whole process – from the spark of a Crier's idea, to the creation of a program, through the rehearsing, the concert, the recording process, and finally the completed realization of that initial spark: something you can hold in your hand and share with the world.”
A Far Cry – a tightly-knit “collective” of 17 musicians, self-conducted, based in Boston – was declared an “increasingly essential ensemble” by Jeremy Eichler of the Boston Globe in his review of the concert that formed the basis of the group’s new recording, Dreams & Prayers, the debut release on its new label, Crier Records (CR1401). Dreams & Prayers century-hops over a millennium of music, juxtaposing A Far Cry’s own arrangements of music by Hildegard von Bingen and Ludwig van Beethoven with recent works by Mehmet Ali Sanlikol (created for and premiered by A Far Cry) and Osvaldo Golijov (an arrangement receiving its first recording by A Far Cry). This premiere release on Crier Records consists entirely of premiere recordings.
Audiophile quality will be a hallmark of Crier Records; every release will be made using DSD128 (5.6MHz) technology, and released in both standard and high resolution versions.