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 with a new recording of one of his most popular and loved works, the Sonata for Cello and Piano.  David Sanford’s jazz and funk-inspired 22 Part I takes up where the distinctively American sound of early Carter leaves off, and Samuel Barber’s Cello Sonata Op. 6 contrasts a European romanticism to Augusta Read Thomas’ more modern Cantos for Slava, dedicated to the memory of Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007) Thomas’s work was commissioned for Haimovitz by ASCAP as part of Haimovitz’s 2006 Concert Music Award for outstanding contribution to the performance of American Music.

From the liner notes:
If the piano and cello were to fill out a dating survey, answering all of those intimate questions honestly—innate timbres, favorite textures, pitch and dynamic range, general musical preferences—it is highly unlikely that they would have hooked up on a first date, let alone hoped for a long-term (two-hundred year!) relationship…

1 David Sanford: 22 Part I – I Matt Haimovitz, cello; Geoff Burleson, piano
2 David Sanford: 22 Part I – II Matt Haimovitz, cello; Geoff Burleson, piano
3 Samuel Barber: Sonata for Cello & Piano in C minor, Op. 6 – Allegro Ma Non Troppo Matt Haimovitz, cello; Geoff Burleson, piano
4 Samuel Barber: Sonata for Cello & Piano in C minor, Op. 6 – Adagio – Presto – Adagio Matt Haimovitz, cello; Geoff Burleson, piano
5 Samuel Barber: Sonata for Cello & Piano in C minor, Op. 6 – Allegro Apassionato Matt Haimovitz, cello; Geoff Burleson, piano
6 Elliott Carter: Sonata for Cello & Piano – Moderato Matt Haimovitz, cello; Geoff Burleson, piano
7 Elliott Carter: Sonata for Cello & Piano – Vivace, molto leggiero Matt Haimovitz, cello; Geoff Burleson, piano
8 Elliott Carter: Sonata for Cello & Piano – Adagio Matt Haimovitz, cello; Geoff Burleson, piano
9 Elliott Carter: Sonata for Cello & Piano – Allegro Matt Haimovitz, cello; Geoff Burleson, piano
10 Augusta Read Thomas: Cantos for Slava – Canto I Matt Haimovitz, cello; Geoff Burleson, piano
11 Augusta Read Thomas: Cantos for Slava – Canto II Matt Haimovitz, cello; Geoff Burleson, piano
12 Augusta Read Thomas: Cantos for Slava – Canto III Matt Haimovitz, cello; Geoff Burleson, piano
13 Augusta Read Thomas: Cantos for Slava – Canto IV Matt Haimovitz, cello; Geoff Burleson, piano

 

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