Troika by Christopher O’Riley and Matt Haimovitz
New Classical Tracks: Troika
"I think Troika is distinctive in that it represents three separate generations of Russian music in exile and in protest," O'Riley says. "That's the broad statement to be brought away from the record. And, of course the Pussy Riot song, 'Punk Prayer,' was indeed the song for which they were arrested, imprisoned, and subsequently one of them was murdered."
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.