Friday, October 7, 2011

Christopher O’Riley & Matt Haimovitz - Shuffle.Play.Listen - ALBUM PREVIEW

Pianist Christopher O'Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz have put together a double disc titled Shuffle.Play.Listen which was released September 27th by Oxingale Records. I have to say this is a bit of a change up post for FPT's but I look back at O'Riley's release of True Love Waits: Christopher O'Riley Play Radiohead and remember the haunting music that it provided. I listened to that album for the first couple years of my daughters life while putting her to sleep. So with this new release of Shuffle.Play.Listen I am very intriged and a little more interested in the 2nd disk and see how the songs turned out. Pretty cool that they included a couple of new Radiohead (Pyramid Song, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi) and Arcade Fire (Empty Room, In The Backseat) songs to cover.  They also have a some upcoming duo performances set up which you can find below along with the tracklist and a few teaser tracks. Here is what Oxingale's site has to say about the album...

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 neo-classical Suite Itallienne, 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 100 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 un-cut interpretation of McLaughlin s Lotus on an Irish Spring.

Shuffle.Play.Listen Tracklisting:
01. Bernard Herrmann - Vertigo Suite – Prelude (1958)*
02. Leos Janácek - Pohádka (Fairy Tale) (1910)
03. Leos Janácek - Pohádka (Fairy Tale) (1910)
04. Leos Janácek - Pohádka (Fairy Tale) (1910)
05. Bernard Herrmann - Vertigo Suite – The Nightmare*
06. Bohuslav Martinu - Variations on a Slovak Folksong (1959)
07. Bernard Herrmann - Vertigo Suite – Carlotta’s Portrait*
08. Igor Stravinsky - Suite Italienne (after Pulcinella) (1932)
09. Igor Stravinsky - Suite Italienne (after Pulcinella) (1932)
10. Igor Stravinsky - Suite Italienne (after Pulcinella) (1932)
11. Igor Stravinsky - Suite Italienne (after Pulcinella) (1932)
12. Igor Stravinsky - Suite Italienne (after Pulcinella) (1932)
13. Bernard Herrmann - Vertigo Suite – Scotty Trails Madeline*
14. Astor Piazzolla - Le grand tango (1982)
15. Bernard Herrmann - Vertigo Suite – Scène d’amour*

01. Arcade Fire "Empty Room" (2011)*
02. Radiohead "Pyramid Song" (1999)*
03. Cocteau Twins "Athol Brose" (1988)*
04. John McLaughlin "The Dance of Maya" (1971)*
05. Blonde Redhead "Misery is a Butterfly" (2004)*
06. Radiohead "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" (2007)*
07. Cocteau Twins "Fotzepolitic" (1990)*
08. Blonde Redhead "Melody" (2004)*
09. A Perfect Circle "3 Libras" (2001)*
10. Cocteau Twins "Heaven or Las Vegas" (1990)*
11. Arcade Fire "In the Backseat" (2004)*
12. John McLaughlin "A Lotus on Irish Streams" (1971)
*Arrangements by Christopher O’Riley

Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O'Riley: upcoming duo performances:
September 7, 2011 - Winston-Salem, NC
September 16, 2011 - Ogden, UT
September 30, 2011 - South Bend, IN
October 3, 2011 - Richmond, VA
October 4, 2011 - Baltimore, MD
November 18, 2011 - Portland, ME
January 18, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA
February 16, 2012 - Indianapolis, IN
February 18, 2012 - Lawrence, KS
March 24, 2012 - Fairfax, VA
April 15, 2012 - Pittsburgh, PA

***Shout out to YouTube member Spackest for making these videos available online***

Arcade Fire - In The Backseat

Arcade Fire - Empty Room

Radiohead - Pyramid Song

Radiohead - Give Up The Ghost

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