Visions and Variations

A Far Cry

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Original Recording Format: DSD 256

Dreams and Prayers featuring A Far Cry and David Krakauer is one of the all-time best-selling DSD albums at Native DSD Music. It also introduced our headphone listeners to the joys of Binaural DSD music and was one of our initial releases in DSD 128 Stereo.

Now the talented ensemble of 17 musicians of A Far Cry brings us their newest release Visions and Variations, an album nominated for 2 Grammy Awards (Best Engineered Album – Classical and Best Chamber Music – Small Ensemble Performance), that features the music of Benjamin Britten, Ethan Wood, and Sergei Prokofiev. The album was recorded at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA by Producer Jesse Lewis and Recording Engineer Tom Caulfield in DSD 256 Stereo, Surround Sound and Binaural. One listen to this album in DSD will quickly tell you why this is a multi-Grammy nominated performance!

This is a DSD Exclusive release, Not Available on SACD. You can get it at the NativeDSD Music store in Stereo, Surround Sound and Binaural DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64, and DXD.

The Criers say “Each of the three selections on this album offers a journey into one miniature world after another. Every one colorful, characterful, complete. Just as the Criers strive to honor each musician’s individual voice in the context of something larger, these works contextualize dozens of distinct visions, pulling them together into a wonderful form of unity. We hope you’ll be as inspired and captivated by these fleeting glimpses, and the stories they suggest, as we are.”

The Native DSD Blog notes “Visions and Variations is the double Grammy Award-nominated new album from Crier Records featuring A Far Cry, one of America’s premiere chamber orchestras. In works by Britten, Prokofiev, and a Mozart-inspired premiere from Ethan Wood, this album features some of the most characterful and beloved music ever written for strings.

Variations on a Theme – alchemical. A set of variations is a chance to bring small disparate units together to create a sum greater than the totality of its parts. Just like the Criers, each individual movement is a complete world, but the worlds combine and transform – they play with each other, they reference each other, and before you know it you’re standing in a world that is bigger and more beautiful than you ever imagined.

You know that you’re in for a journey, but it’s the type of journey that’s not about the destination – it’s a journey filled with beautiful sights along the way. It’s a kind of traveling that we don’t really do anymore – like walking rather than taking the subway, gives you an appreciation for the totality, the greater beauty.

Prokoviev’s a bunch of visions, but so is Wood and Britten. Ethan also had his own vision in re-imagining the Mozart. With this album, we invite the listener into the world of three of our favorite pieces. Perhaps in them, we see a reflection of ourselves – each individual movement a complete world but interacting, playing, referencing each other, they combine into something greater… We hope you’re inspired and distracted by these glimpses, these visions, and variations, as are we.

Glimpses, sketches – small parts that combine, like the Power Rangers. But when brought together, something newer and larger emerges. Perhaps that’s why we love these sets of variations – in them, we see a reflection of ourselves. Musicians coming together to create a VISION which honors each individual voice, but which transcends them All!”

Tracklist

1.
Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge - Introduction and Theme
01:53
2.
Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge - Adagio
02:26
3.
Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge - March
01:09
4.
Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge - Romance
01:24
5.
Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge - Aria Italiana
01:23
6.
Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge - Bourree Classique
01:18
7.
Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge - Wiener Walzer
03:03
8.
Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge - Perpetuo
01:16
9.
Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge - Funeral March
03:37
10.
Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge - Chant
01:43
11.
Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge - Fugue and Finale
07:30
12.
Ah Vous dirais-je, Maman - Theme and Variations
16:47
13.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Lentamente
01:12
14.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Andante
01:28
15.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Allegretto
01:05
16.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Animato
00:57
17.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Molto giocoso
00:23
18.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Con eleganza
00:35
19.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Pittoresco - Arpe
02:17
20.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Commodo
01:19
21.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Allegretto tranquillo
01:14
22.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Ridicolosamente
00:51
23.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Con Vivacita
01:30
24.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Assai moderato
01:59
25.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Allegretto
00:55
26.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Feroce
01:03
27.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Inquieto
01:02
28.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Dolente
03:01
29.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Poetico
01:22
30.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Con una dolce lentezza
01:45
31.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Presto agitatissimo e molto accentuato
00:49
32.
Visions Fugitives, Op.22 - Lento irrealmente
02:36

Total time: 01:10:52

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CR1801

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Assistant Engineer

Sean Patterson

Editing Engineers

Shauna Barravecchio, Zenas Hsu, Brett Leonard and Jesse Lewis

Mastering Engineer

Jesse Lewis

Microphones

DPA, Schoeps, Sanken, Neumann and Royer

Awards

Original Recording Format

Producer

Jesse Lewis

Recording Engineer

Tom Caulfield

Recording location

Mechanics Hall, Worcester MA, Recorded January 17-19, 2017

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 256

Release Date December 21, 2018

Press reviews

NativeDSD Senior Reviewer

2019 has brought us two recordings of the Bridge Variations. The American chamber orchestra A Far Cry presents a beautifully played and engineered recording which also includes music by Mozart and Prokofiev.

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