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Matt Haimovitz, Christopher O'Riley on New Classical Tracks

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New Classical Tracks is a Syndicated Feature airing Nationally on Classical 24 & Statewide on Minnesota Public Radio. Listen to Julie Amacher's Feature with Matt Haimovitz, & Christopher O'Riley.

READ THE TRANSCRIPT - "Before we met we were doing similar things in different ways. Matt was playing Bach in coffeehouses, and I was bringing rock via Radiohead to the concert hall." That's pianist Christopher O'Riley. He and cellist Matt Haimovitz are frequent collaborators. Their most recent recording, Troika, explores the music of the Slavic soul. "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."

That pop song is one of three that Haimovitz and O'Riley decided to feature on the second CD of this two-CD set, at the heart of which are three masterful sonatas by the great 'troika' of composers: Sergei Rachmanioff, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich.  PHOTO: Sarah Scott