Crier violinist Robyn Bollinger presents this daring program demonstrating the evolution of one of the oldest musical ideas, the ciaccona, across three centuries of solo violin music. Robyn takes on this challenge in her debut recording, the music of her multimedia recital program, CIACCONA: The Bass of Time. From the seminal Passacaglia of Biber and the storied Ciaccona of Bach, to the ground-breaking Solo Sonata of Bartók and the explosive Sequenza VIII of Berio, this program explores the development of this musical form from simplicity to complexity, and it offers a deep perspective on the relationships of these four remarkable composers across the ages. This recording represents the culmination of Robyn's prestigious Fellowship with the Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship Fund. Recorded at the Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center, Rockport, MA.
Law of Mosaics features premiere recordings of two brilliant works by Ted Hearne and Andrew Norman. In Norman’s Companion Guide to Rome, a 2012 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, A Far Cry explores the composer’s favorite churches in the Eternal City as nine separate string trios. In “Law of Mosaics”, Hearne creates a magnificent sonic patchwork, imaginatively spun by A Far Cry as a unified ensemble.
Dreams & Prayers (nominated for the 2015 Grammy award for best chamber music/small ensemble performance) 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 Sanlıkol (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.
RACER, a collection of recent chamber works by composer Richard Cornell, explores the nature of art and the collaboration that occurs naturally among artists and the interaction between creator and influence. Comprised of live recordings, this album highlights the performers’ instincts to respond to one another, interpreting the music as individuals and as a group, and exploring the intricacies of the works as they are played.