Dream and Variations
Don Harper's Oceana Orchestra
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A Sense of Place
For composer Don Harper and his Oceana Orchestra, a deep, expressive sense of place is at the forefront of Dream and Variations. At times soulful, spiritual, romantic, elegiac, driving and pastoral, Dream & Variations is a remarkable musical meditation on America, today and forever. A timeless, original work of instrumental and vocal music that fuses classical traditions with folk, rock, jazz and world music elements, Dream & Variations is a collection of 10 challenging and introspective “snapshots.” With poignant echoes of Copeland, Gershwin, Bartok and Gil Evans, these songs take the listener on a journey across the whole of America, presenting its open spaces, its depth, its hopeful exuberance and promise of adventure, and even its inescapable heartbreak of loss and sorrow. Technically, Dream & Variations is impeccable, thanks to the performances of the Oceana Orchestra whose members are among the most accomplished musicians in the world. Soloists Dan Higgins (Dream and Variations), Lisbeth Scott (End of Days), Russell Ferrante (Her Touch), Trevor Rabin, formerly of Yes, (Where Do We Go From Here?), Karen Harper (O Sacred Head, Now Wounded), Tim Davis (When You Close Your Eyes), and many others add their own nuanced impressions to Don’s stirring melodies. The great composer and instrumentalist Roger Kellaway recently called Dream & Variations a CD that “should inspire younger generations to seek out the glories of melody and harmony". Lucky for us, Don Harper’s Dream & Variations isn’t only a dream; it’s also a place where we can return to, time after time.
Every musician should have this CD in their collection...
Don Harper's new CD, Dream and Variations, is simply and utterly beautiful, original music by a mature composer at the peak of his powers, recorded with gemlike clarity. The orchestra of his "Dreams", the brlliant soloists and singers, have combined to bring Harper's ideas together in a unique combination of styles and scenarios that are wonderfully realized. Congratulations to all involved, especially Harper himself, for a completely original work filled with musical ideas, thoughts and emotions that anyone would be proud to call one's own. Every musician should have this CD in their collection, to listen to and enjoy, but also to simply appreciate the achievement which it represents.
Extraordinarily Beautiful! Way to go!
I have recently had the extreme pleasure of listening to samples from Don Harper's new album - his music is exquisite! He is a rare talent. His compositions are so harmonically rich. I am also delighted with all the rich musical surprises he presents. Can't wait to hear more! Also, the featured vocalists and instrumentalists are some of the finest! Kudos!