Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Matt Haimovitz, Christopher O'Riley: Shuffle. Play. Listen.

"IF any artists were destined to collaborate, it was surely this pair. Matt Haimovitz, a thoughtful and passionate cellist, veered away from the straight-and-narrow career path of a child prodigy to pursue new audiences in coffeehouses and nightclubs. Christopher O’Riley, an accomplished pianist — and incidentally, the host of 'From the Top,' a popular PBS and NPR series that showcases very young classical musicians — likewise spends as much time in rock clubs as in recital halls. What links the two most is an affinity for popular music that infiltrates their concerts and recordings. ... The first disc asserts the duo’s classical bona fides. ... Mr. Haimovitz’s singing tone is a substantial asset in folksy works by Janacek and Martinu, with Mr. O’Riley providing polished, responsive support. Interspersing those works and others with movements from Bernard Herrmann’s 'Vertigo Suite' is a suitably off-kilter touch" (Steve Smith, "Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O'Riley Team Up," New York Times, 1/13/12).

View catalog record here!