Akoka: Reframing Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time

Akoka: Reframing Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

Akoka: Reframing Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time

Akoka: Reframing Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

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“A shatteringly beautiful performance of Olivier Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time.'”

-The Jewish Week

In this reframing of Olivier Messiaen’s masterpiece Quartet for the End of Time, clarinetist David Krakauer — praised internationally for his ability to play in a myriad of music genres with “prodigious chops” (The New Yorker) and “soulfulness and electrifying showiness” (The New York Times) — and musical pioneer cellist Matt Haimovitz — described as “one of the leading cellists of his generation” (The New York Times) and “intensely sensitive and perfectly poised (Gramophone Magazine) — have created a recording and live concert experience of great emotional power. Continue reading

TMI: Matt Haimovitz at Music Mountain

June 20 2013

Cellist Matt Haimovitz rode the twentieth century into the staid precincts of Music Mountain’s music barn Sunday, introducing four pieces that had never before been played there in the festival’s 84 years of hosting chamber music. Continue reading

The Litchfield County Times: Seldom Played Works, Celebrated Composers at Music Mountain in Falls Village

June 3, 2013

The theme this year at the acclaimed summer chamber music venue, Music Mountain in Falls Village, is “Seldom Played Works by Celebrated Composers,” and while that will mean plenty of Beethoven, Mozart, Medelssohn, Schubert, Shostakovich and more, an alternate theme might be stars and serendipity. Continue reading

Columbia Free Times: Cellist Matt Haimovitz Plays Southern Exposure Series

November 17, 2010

When last we heard Matt Haimovitz’s cello, it was scratching and scraping through a gloriously raucous rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s own rendering of “The Star Spangled Banner.” For more than five concentrated minutes, Haimovitz wrenched every last idiomatic drop from his 300-year-old instrument. To the underage punks outside on State Street, it no doubt sounded like Continue reading

Classical Music Sentinel.com: Odd Couple

August 5, 2010

The  title of this CD, Odd Couple, refers to the fact that the cello and  piano combination, although a pairing first introduced by Beethoven for  his great cello sonatas, has always been considered an awkward or  maladjusted blend of instruments. Well, if that were true, a countless  number of masterpieces would never have seen the light of day. Instead, I  believe this CD Continue reading

Odd Couple

Odd Couple

Odd Couple

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Two powerhouse performers, cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Geoffrey Burleson, come together on Odd Couple, released September 16 from Oxingale Records.

Odd Couple Celebrates Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday Continue reading