| Shuffle.Play.Listen unites ground-breaking, Grammy-nominated cellist
Matt Haimovitz with pianist Christopher O'Riley, host of NPR and PBS's
popular weekly radio and television series, From the Top, in a
collaboration that blurs the boundaries between classical and pop music.
Two performers, each a superstar in his own right, come together to
plumb the virtuosic and lyrical possibilities of their instruments in an
expansive 2-CD set from Oxingale Records.
Disc 1 features Igor
Stravinsky s neo-classical Suite Itallienne, Leos Janacek s Fairy Tale,
Bohuslav Martinu's Variations on a Slovak Folksong and Astor Piazzolla's
Grand Tango, all interwoven with an arresting new arrangement of
Bernard Herrmann's Vertigo film score, celebrating the composer s 100
birthday this year.
Disc 2 kicks off with Empty Room from the
2011 Grammy winning Album of the Year by Arcade Fire, and follows up
with tracks by Blond Redhead, the Cocteau Twins, Radiohead, and more
Arcade Fire, as well as supergroup A Perfect Circle s hit song 3 Libras
and a jaw dropping rendition of John McLaughlin s Dance of Maya. All the
arrangements for cello and piano were made with O Riley s signature
passion and finesse, and realized with Haimovitz s uncompromising
artistic depth. The pair display their considerable improvisational
skills in several tunes, including their 9-minute un-cut interpretation
of McLaughlin s Lotus on an Irish Spring.
Inside the package,
New York Times best-selling author Dan Levitin (This is your Brain on
Music), interviews Haimovitz and O Riley on the making of
One of the most anticipated collaborations
of the 2011-2012 season, Haimovitz and O Riley will tour extensively in
major concert series and university residencies throughout throughout
the US. In addition, each continues to tour exhaustively as a solo
artist in recital and as concerto soloist.
embraces a new kind of listening public who mix Wagner with Lady Gaga on
their iPods, exploring new sounds and moving comfortably between
genres. While Classical lovers will be drawn to CD1, more adventurous
listeners will thrill to CD2, and both will want to shuffle, play and
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