great recording debut

debut

The senza conductor chamber orchestra A Far Cry, based out of Boston, has released their first recording, entitled A Far Cry: Debut.

You can preview tracks and purchase downloads (320kbs mp3 files) from their page at InstantEncore.com.

Here’s the program of the album:

Osvaldo GolijovLast Round for string orchestra
G.F. HandelConcerto Grosso, op. 6 no. 6, HWV 324
P.I. TchaikovskySerenade for Strings in C major, op. 48

If you want a physical CD, you can also purchase from the ensemble’s own website.

I highly recommend this release – it features not only tight ensemble playing with spot-on intonation (which we should expect from any recording) – but it also showcases some gripping, exciting music making of the highest caliber.  It reminds me of recordings of the Orpheus chamber orchestra in their glory days, frankly.  The cost of the entire album alone would be justified by the incredible performance of Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round for string orchestra. Oh, and did I mention that the Handel Concerto Grosso op. 6 no 6 is absolutely gorgeous?

Highly recommended!

the freelance lifestyle

Here’s a great story from the Boston Globe about the life of a typical freelancer in a major city.  Very good and enjoyable.  The featured musician, cellist Raphael Popper-Kaiser, is a friend of OSO assistant principal flute Alicia DiDonato Paulsen.

Article link here.

a far cry

a far cry, a conductorless string orchestra from Boston, will be making a Portland stop on their West Coast tour tonight, May 23 at the First Unitarian Church downtown at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $20. You can order tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets.

My friend LC recommended this group to me, as she knows several of its members, and says that it should be a great show. Sounds interesting, and I plan to be there.

You can view a video of the group in action here, and you can read an article about the group here, and view a slide show here.

On a side note, this reminds me of the excellent group Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, also based in Boston, I believe, and I wonder if they still are concertizing as well, and if the two groups share any members. UPDATE: I was not able to find a working website for Metamorphosen, so I suspect they may have disbanded. UPDATE: SMB wrote to say that Metamorphosen suspended operations around 2004.

If anyone knows it they’re still playing concerts, leave a comment as to their status.