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Shuffle. Play. Listen: Works by Radiohead, A Perfect Circle, Bernard Herrmann, Leos Janácek, Bohuslav Martinu, Piazzolla, Stravinsky, and others / Matt Haimovitz, cello; Christopher OÆRiley, piano

Album Summary

>Herrmann, Bernard : Vertigo Suite
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Pohádka (Fairy Tale), for cello & piano ("The Story of Tsar Berendyey"), JW 7/5
>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
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Matt Haimovitz is considered a musical pioneer. A grammy-nominated cellist, he is renowned for his visionary approach, innovative collaborations, and groundbreaking recording projects. He also regularly tours and mentors at McGill University's Schulich School of Music. Christopher O'Riley is a pianist who has stretched the instrument far beyond its conventional boundaries. He regularly transcribes the likes of Radiohead, Elliot Smith, and Nick Drake. His transcriptions of Radiohead earned him four stars from Rolling Stone. The first disc of this set contains well loved pieces from standard repertoire. Bernard Herrmann, Leos Janacek, and Igor Stravinsky are featured here. The second disc is intriguing, featuring O'Reiley's arrangements of Radiohead, Arcade Fire, and A Perfect Circle.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Multimedia Room, Schulich School of Music at McGill (06/2011).

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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>Herrmann, Bernard : Vertigo Suite :: Prelude
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1958

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Pohádka (Fairy Tale), for cello & piano ("The Story of Tsar Berendyey"), JW 7/5
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Herrmann, Bernard : Vertigo Suite :: The Nightmare
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1958

>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

>Herrmann, Bernard : Vertigo Suite :: Carlotta's Portrait
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1958

>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

>Herrmann, Bernard : Vertigo Suite :: Scotty Trails Madeline
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1958

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

>Herrmann, Bernard : Vertigo Suite :: Scène d'amour
  • Performers: Matt Haimovitz (Cello); Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1958

>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: Contemporary

>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: Contemporary