- Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975): Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra:
- 1Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra: VII. Waltz No. 2 (Arr. M. Haimovitz & C. O'Riley for Cello & Piano)03:53
- Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40:
- 2Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40: I. Allegro non troppo12:52
- 3Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40: II. Allegro03:19
- 4Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40: III. Largo08:40
- 5Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40: IV. Allegro04:07
- Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953): Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60:
- 6Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60: IV. Troika (Arr. M. Haimovitz & C. O'Riley for Cello & Piano)03:03
- Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119:
- 7Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119: I. Andante grave10:46
- 8Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119: II. Moderato04:48
- 9Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119: III. Allegro ma non troppo07:43
- 10Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: I. Lento - Allegro moderato13:31
- 11Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: II. Allegro scherzando06:46
- 12Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: III. Andante05:41
- 13Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: IV. Allegro mosso10:17
- Sergei Rachmaninoff: 14 Romances, Op. 34:
- 1414 Romances, Op. 34: No. 14, Vocalise (Arr. for Cello & Piano)06:12
- Viktor Tsoi (1962 - 1990): Kukushka:
- 15Kukushka (Arr. M. Haimovitz & C. O'Riley for Cello & Piano)04:42
- Punk Prayer "Virgin Mary, Put Putin Away":
- 16Punk Prayer "Virgin Mary, Put Putin Away" (Arr. M. Haimovitz & C. O'Riley for Cello & Piano)02:51
- John Lennon: (1940 - 1980) & Paul McCartney: (1942 - ): Back in the U.S.S.R.:
- 17Back in the U.S.S.R. (Arr. M. Haimovitz & C. O'Riley for Cello & Piano)03:08
Info for Troika
Acclaimed for their adventurous and wide-ranging recording projects – from Beethoven Sonatas on period instruments to genre-bending arrangements of Radiohead and Arcade Fire – the endlessly inventive duo of cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O'Riley returns to explore music of the Slavic soul. Anchored by the cello sonatas of the iconic triumvirate of Russian composers – Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich – and inspired by the subversive irony of Shostakovich's Sonata for Cello and Piano, TROIKA also delves into more recently-written, unexpected, and popular works. Whether subtle or blatantly rebellious, each work potently reveals the strength of the artistic voice in the face of political repression in mother Russia.
“With our cover of Pussy Riot’s Punk Prayer, we celebrate the band’s courage and the spirit of protest in an age of Orwellian intimidation. In the opening and closing chorales, I use a glass slide on the strings as I pluck with the right for an eerie theremin-like effect. The grunge punk distortion in the bass is also acoustically achieved with a styrofoam cup smashed behind the cello’s bridge. The traditional three-horse-drawn troika moved across the Russian landscape with its own elaborate system of bells and whistles, used to herald its arrival to the coming town. Here, the composers and songwriters of TROIKA, each in their own way, use the power of their voices to warn and to cajole, to resist and to remember” (Matt Haimovitz)
Matt Haimovitz, cello
Christopher O'Riley, piano
is acclaimed for both his tremendous artistry and as a musical visionary – pushing the boundaries of classical music performance, championing new music and initiating groundbreaking collaborations, all while mentoring an award-winning studio of young cellists at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal.
Mr. Haimovitz made his debut in 1984, at the age of 13, as a soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, and at 17 he made his first recording for Deutsche Grammophon (Universal Classics) with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Haimovitz made his Carnegie Hall debut when he substituted for his teacher, the legendary Leonard Rose, in Schubert’s String Quintet, alongside Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman and Shlomo Mintz.
Haimovitz’s recording career encompasses more than 20 years of award-winning work on Deutche Grammophon and his own Oxingale Records. His recent release Meeting of the Spirits was nominated for a GRAMMY® for Best Classical Crossover Album and won a GRAMMY® for Best Producer of the Year (Classical). A new recording with pianist Christopher O’Riley, Shuffle.Play.Listen, celebrating the evolution of the listening experience since the iPod, has received unanimous acclaim. In fall 2012 Haimovitz will be featured as soloist in three world-premiere concerto recordings, Paul Moravec’s Montserrat, Laura Schwendinger’s Esprimere, and Philip Glass’ Cello Concerto No. 2 recorded live with the Cincinnati Symphony and Dennis Russell Davis.
The solo cello recital is a Haimovitz trademark, both inside and outside the concert hall. In 2000, he made waves with his Bach “Listening-Room” Tour, for which, to great acclaim, Haimovitz took Bach’s beloved cello suites out of the concert hall and into clubs. He was the first classical artist to play at New York’s infamous CBGB club, in a performance filmed by ABC News for “Nightline UpClose.”
Haimovitz’s honors include the Concert Music Award from ASCAP, the Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Grand Prix du Disque, the Diapason d'Or, the Premio Internazionale "Accademia Musicale Chigiana". He was in the final studio of legendary cellist Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School and received a B.A. magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University. Haimovitz plays a Venetian cello, made in 1710 by Matteo Gofriller.