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

Audio Samples

>O'Riley, Christopher : Vertigo Suite, for cello & piano (after Bernard Herrmann)
>Janácek, Leos : Fairy tale
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Variations on a Slovak folksong for Cello and Piano
>Stravinsky, Igor : Suite italienne for Violin and Piano
>Piazzolla, Astor : Le Grand Tango
>Arcade Fire, The : Empty Room
>Radiohead : Pyramid Song
>Twins, Cocteau : Athol Brose
>McLaughlin, John : The Dance of Maya
>Redhead, Blonde : Misery Is a Butterfly
>Radiohead : Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
>Twins, Cocteau : Fotzepolitic
>Redhead, Blonde : Melody
>Perfect Circle, A : 3 Libra
>Twins, Cocteau : Heaven or Las Vegas
>Arcade Fire, The : In the Backseat
>McLaughlin, John : A Lotus on Irish Streams

Album Summary

>O'Riley, Christopher : Vertigo Suite, for cello & piano (after Bernard Herrmann)
>Janácek, Leos : Fairy tale
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Variations on a Slovak folksong for Cello and Piano
>Stravinsky, Igor : Suite italienne for Violin and Piano
>Piazzolla, Astor : Le Grand Tango
>Arcade Fire, The : Empty Room
>Radiohead : Pyramid Song
>Twins, Cocteau : Athol Brose
>McLaughlin, John : The Dance of Maya
>Redhead, Blonde : Misery Is a Butterfly
>Radiohead : Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
>Twins, Cocteau : Fotzepolitic
>Redhead, Blonde : Melody
>Perfect Circle, A : 3 Libra
>Twins, Cocteau : Heaven or Las Vegas
>Arcade Fire, The : In the Backseat
>McLaughlin, John : A Lotus on Irish Streams
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Notes & Reviews:

"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... Mr. O'Riley's transcriptions artfully deploy the same vocal quality heard in Mr. Haimovitz's playing on the classical disc, as well as his penchant for digital-effects pedals. Mr. Haimovitz in turn prompts Mr. O'Riley to cut loose more often than he seems to on his solo albums." -New York Times

"If any artists were destined to collaborate, it was surely this pair" - Steve Smith, New York Times

**** "I can't wait to play this CD to people a third of my age and set them guessing where it's from. The categories are irrelevant. This is good music, fabulously played... This could well be the coolest classical disc of the year." - Norman Lebrecht, La Scena Musicale

"Shuffle.Play.Listen. is by far one of the most eclectic and interesting audiophonic adventures that I've had the pleasure of embarking upon of late." - Heather Scott, All Things Strings

"One of the coolest recordings I've come across lately is "Shuffle.Play.Listen," - Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

"Evocative and seductive... Haimovitz's cello playing was full of emotional urgency and richness of tone Inventive and compulsively listenable" - Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

"Bringing recital style and grace to songs by Arcade Fire, Cocteau Twins, Blonde Redhead, and others." - Marc Hawthorne , SF Weekly

"Best classical albums of 2011: Shuffle. Play. Listen." - Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News

"2011 Year's Best Classical: Contiguous by interpretation alone" - Mark S. Tucker, Acoustic Music

"This is daring programming and program order; and it works! The sound quality is fabulous and the performances are golden. I have always loved new music and performers who introduce the lesser known to a classical listening base. Matt Haimovitz just might be my new favorite cellist for this reason."- Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition ****

"Christopher O'Riley and Matt Haimovitz Connect the Unexpected" - Lucid Culture - Great Music That's Not Trendy

"The playing is voluptuously fabulous, chamber music-making of the highest order."
"Haimovitz's ability to shape lines with the types of catches, fall-offs and the illusion of breathing that comes from the voice pushes these to an urgency of expression that makes the originals all sound a little cooler" - The Big City Blog

"Shuffle.Play.Listen." feels like a landmark record, blurring the lines and what Haimovitz calls the "artificial and outmoded" boundaries that divide classical and popular music...it feels like a record for our times, reflecting our increasingly diverse and open-minded taste in music." - Bob Keyes, Portland Press Herald

**** "They discuss breaking down the boundaries between classical and rock listeners, pointing out that juxtaposing the two genres is often all it takes to get some listeners to make the jump. The boundaries between rock and classical are erased here not just by juxtaposition but by cognizance of interpenetration." -James Manheim, All Music

"The hope for this project is that audiences for each style will have a listen and realize that there is much to be absorbed and enjoyed in all of the music represented here Whichever way one chooses to listen - be it shuffled or linear - the implication that classical and rock music, when interpreted by capable ears and hands, are not so very disparate, is well-communicated in this recording." -Alexandra Gardner, New Music Box

"Shuffle.Play.Listen. pairs Christopher O'Riley and Matt Haimovitz together to explore the lyrical and virtuosic properties of their instruments in a collaboration that crosses in and out of the classical and pop music genres. The program showcases their talents as collaborators and soloists, defining what it means to be an artist in the 21st Century." - Broadway World

"They tackle all the material with equal gusto" - Lorraine Car¬penter, Montreal Mirror

"A human conversation with divine beauty." - Mark Gresham, ArtsCriticATL.com

"Fabulous" - Muruch.com

"A jaw-dropping array of tunes a helluva lot of fun." - John Lewis, Baltimore Magazine

"Just sit back and shuffle through a bunch of good tunes. I recommend lowering the lights and taking it all in on the best audio equipment you own." - Thom Pease, WTJU

"In the passages where Haimovitz most closely emulates singers, he executes amazing feats of acrobatic virtuosity." - Jack Walton, South Bend Tribune

"The success of the instrumental duet, featuring pianist Christopher O'Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz, was amplified through the music of Bach and Chopin, as well as more modern musicians like the group Radiohead." - Emily Hoops, The Signpost

"Ambitious, frenetic and marvelously engaging" - Rhapsody

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Multimedia Room, Schulrich School of Music, McGill Univ (06/19/2011-06/23/2011).

Cellist Matt Haimovitz has included arrangements of rock songs on his recordings and made modest-sized headlines by scheduling classical concerts in bars and clubs. Pianist Christopher O'Riley has arranged rock songs for classical piano and played those arrangements in live and radio performances, even claiming that after playing music by Radiohead he had received e-mail asking "Who is this Mr. Head and where can I find more of his beautiful music?" Thus a collaboration between these artists was logical. In the interview-format booklet for this release, they discuss breaking down the boundaries between classical and rock listeners, pointing out that juxtaposing the two genres is often all it takes to get some listeners to make the jump. Shuffle.Play.Listen consists of two CDs, the first containing classical compositions and the second including rock pieces. You could indeed hit the shuffle function on a CD or .mp3 player and get a mix of the two genres, but that doesn't seem to be exactly what Haimovitz and O'Riley have in mind here. On disc 1, the track sequence has a planned order, with O'Riley's arrangement of Bernard Herrmann's Vertigo Suite (from his soundtrack to the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo) distributed in alternation with works by Janácek, Martinu, Stravinsky, and Piazzolla (in previously existing arrangements, not O'Riley's). The thinking isn't entirely clear, but on the other hand it may be that Haimovitz and O'Riley have accomplished even more than they set out to do. Generally speaking, rock is regarded as a decisive split from the tradition of classical music in the larger picture of musical history, but there is a minority view that holds that rock musicians are "Romantics" whose outlooks are firmly rooted in 19th century ideas of the transcendence of individual sense and imagination. This release provides support for that view. The boundaries between rock and classical are erased here not just by juxtaposition but by cognizance of interpenetration. The first disc consists of pieces with folk or popular influences already, and the second disc, with pieces by Radiohead, Arcade Fire, the Cocteau Twins, Blonde Redhead, and jazz guitarist John McLaughlin, includes music that is either directly or indirectly influenced by classical models of complexity. It is hard to think that the members of Radiohead, especially, haven't heard a good deal of classical music, and in the future it may be that these players, or those who follow them, will find a way to "shuffle" Radiohead and Martinu together so that buyers can just "play and listen." A stimulating step forward in many ways. ~James Manheim



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Works Details

>O'Riley, Christopher : Vertigo Suite, for cello & piano (after Bernard Herrmann)
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Fairy tale
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>O'Riley, Christopher : Vertigo Suite, for cello & piano (after Bernard Herrmann)
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Variations on a Slovak folksong for Cello and Piano
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 03/12/1959

>O'Riley, Christopher : Vertigo Suite, for cello & piano (after Bernard Herrmann)
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Suite italienne for Violin and Piano
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>O'Riley, Christopher : Vertigo Suite, for cello & piano (after Bernard Herrmann)
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Le Grand Tango
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: ?1982

>O'Riley, Christopher : Vertigo Suite, for cello & piano (after Bernard Herrmann)
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Arcade Fire, The : Empty Room
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Radiohead : Pyramid Song
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Twins, Cocteau : Athol Brose
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>McLaughlin, John : The Dance of Maya
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Redhead, Blonde : Misery Is a Butterfly
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Radiohead : Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Twins, Cocteau : Fotzepolitic
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Redhead, Blonde : Melody
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Perfect Circle, A : 3 Libra
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Twins, Cocteau : Heaven or Las Vegas
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Arcade Fire, The : In the Backseat
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>McLaughlin, John : A Lotus on Irish Streams
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern