Troika - Haimovitz, O'Riley
PentaTone Classics PTC 5186 608 (2 discs)
Classical - Chamber
Dmitri Shostakovich: Waltz No. 2, Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op.40
Sergei Prokofiev: Troika (from the film score of Lieutenant Kije), Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op.19
Viktor Tsoi: Kukushka
Pussy Riot: Punk Prayer - Virgin Mary, Put Putin Away
John Lennon, Paul McCartney: Back in the U.S.S.R.
Matt Haimovitz (cello)
Christopher O'Riley (piano)
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, 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.