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

Haimovitz / O'reilly
Release Date: 09/27/2011 
Label:  Oxingale Records   Catalog #: 2019   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Bernard HerrmannLeos JanácekBohuslav MartinuIgor Stravinsky,   ... 
Performer:  Matt HaimovitzChristopher O'Riley
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"It’s a terrible title for some terrific music.... 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. I can see where they are coming from with the title, but it gives no sense of the content. This could well be the coolest classical disc of the year." – Norman Lebrecht

"'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. Even if you don't know where to find it at the record store -- in the classical aisle or pop? -- it feels like a record for our times,
Read more reflecting our increasingly diverse and open-minded taste in music." – Portland Press Herald

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 neoclassical Suite Italienne, 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 100th 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 uncut 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 Shuffle.Play.Listen.

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 the US. In addition, each continues to tour exhaustively as a solo artist in recital and as concerto soloist.

Shuffle.Play.Listen 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 listen!
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Works on This Recording

1. Vertigo: Prelude by Bernard Herrmann
Performer:  Matt Haimovitz (Cello), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
2. Fairy tale by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910-23; Brno, Czech Republic 
3. Vertigo: The nightmare by Bernard Herrmann
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
4. Variations on a Slovak folksong for Cello and Piano by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; Switzerland 
5. Vertigo: Carlotta's Portrait by Bernard Herrmann
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
6. Suite italienne for Cello and Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
7. Vertigo: Scotty Trails Madeline by Bernard Herrmann
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
8. Le Grand Tango by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
9. Vertigo: Scene d'Amour by Bernard Herrmann
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
10. Empty Room by Arcade Fire
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 2011 
11. Pyramid Song by Jonny Greenwood
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 1999 
12. Athol Brose by Cocteau Twins
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 1988 
13. The Dance of Maya by John McLaughlin
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 1971 
14. Misery Is a Butterfly by Blonde Redhead
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 2004 
15. Weird Fishes / Arpeggi by Jonny Greenwood
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 2007 
16. Fotzepolitic by Cocteau Twins
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 1990 
17. Melody by Blonde Redhead
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 2004 
18. 3 Libras by Billy Howerdel
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 2001 
19. Heaven or Las Vegas by Cocteau Twins
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 1990 
20. In the Backseat by Arcade Fire
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 2004 
21. A Lotus on Irish Streams by John McLaughlin
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 1971 

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