The Hailifax Herald: Bach’s Goldberg Variations: the brain boils

June 11, 2010

Wednesday night’s Scotia Festival concert in the Sir James Dunn Theatre exhausted the attentive listener with, among other things, exhilaration. The big piece on the program was a transcription for  string trio of the Goldberg Variations, one of the keyboard repertoire’s all-time masterpieces.

It’s a funny thing about Bach. His music is at least as good as a cup of strong Continue reading

Joe’s Wine: What wine to pair with Bach?

January, 25, 2010

Our good friends Mark and Sandra invited  me to Montreal’s Bach Festival…for a wine tasting! A very intriguing concept – what wine to pair with Bach’s Goldberg Variations?

Not a concept really, as research has shown that music can affect our appreciation of wine. Well, eXcentris, Matt Haimovitz and sommelier Nicolas Charron Boucher took this research to heart, enlisting Nicolas to pair wine with Continue reading

Isthmus: My favorite concerts of 2009, in Madison and (slightly) beyond

December 30, 2009

Stark, startling and challenging. Matt Haimovitz with Du Yun, Oct. 30, Café Carpe, Fort Atkinson
Music clubs come and go, but little Café Carpe has prospered for 24 years as a premier showcase for singer-songwriters and folksingers. (All praise to owners Bill Camplin and Kitty Welch!) But this was different — an evening of avant-garde classical music with Continue reading

Voir: Matt Haimovitz et Luna Pearl Woolf Classiques eXcentriques

November 5, 2009

Photo by Martin Laporte

Le violoncelliste Matt Haimovitz et sa partenaire, la compositrice Luna Pearl Woolf, réinventent le rituel du concert avec la nouvelle vocation d’eXcentris. Air frais.

J’ai rencontré Matt Haimovitz pour la première fois en 2006, alors qu’il venait de faire paraître son disque Goulash! (Oxingale Records), sur lequel il joue avec le grand guitariste jazz-rock John McLaughlin, l’ensemble de musique méditerranéenne Constantinople et DJ Olive, entre autres. On trouve sur ce disque du Bartók et du Ligeti, mais aussi du Led Zeppelin Continue reading

Montreal Mirror: Wine bottles, wedding bells and warrior women

November 5, 2009

Photo by Martin Laporte

The exciting eccentricities of November’s classical music programming at eXcentris

McGill music professor and renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz—who now adds artistic advisor and artist-in-residence at the recently repurposed eXcentris to his CV—has made it his mission to expand the parameters of classical music, what it is and who it’s played for. In that spirit, his latest album, Figment, covers a good part of Continue reading

J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations

J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations

J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations

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Oxingale Records brings you J.S. Bach’s timeless and beloved Goldberg Variations, performed by the acclaimed trio of cellist Matt Haimovitz, violinist Jonathan Crow and violist Douglas McNabney.

The trio’s 2007, Juno-Nominated album: Mozart the Mason was called Continue reading

Mozart the Mason

Mozart the Mason

Mozart the Mason

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Jonathan Crow, violin, Douglas McNabney, viola, Matt Haimovitz, cello
with artwork by Michael Kuch

In celebration of W. A. Mozart’s 250th anniversary year, Oxingale Records presents Mozart the Mason. Released just 3 days before the composer’s January 27th birth date, this tribute includes performances of one of Mozart’s most important chamber works, the seldom heard Divertimento for String Trio, K 563, as well as three Continue reading