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Matt Haimovitz

Primavera IV - the heart

Release Date: November 24, 2023

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1 Atar Arad: Aviv 8:51  
2 Tyshawn Sorey: Three Graces 3:52  
3 Aaron Jay Kernis: Grace 6:27  
4 Justine F. Chen: Iridescent Gest 3:50  
5 Brian Current: Chlorisflora 4:43  
6 Nina C. Young: pentimento 6:23  
7 Paul Moravec: Your Own Shadow 4:25  
8 Rob Mazurek: Venus in Shadow World 7:15  
9 Nkeiru Okoye: Breaking Bread 6:48  
10 Analia Llugdar: Anima vento 9:47  
11 Vincent Ho: Blindfolded Cupid 4:39  
12 Carmen Braden: Her Arranged Marriage to Oranges 4:03  
13 Gordon Getty: Winter Song 3:16  
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PRIMAVERA IV the heart is the fourth of six albums in a momentous series encompassing 81 world premieres for solo cello. This digital album presents 13 new commissions for groundbreaking, multi-GRAMMY nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz as part of THE PRIMAVERA PROJECT. A collaboration between Haimovitz, artist Charline von Heyl, and director Jeffrianne Young, THE PRIMAVERA PROJECT is inviting 81 composers to respond to two paintings, Sandro Botticelli’s enigmatic painting, Primavera (ca. 1480), and the prophetic large-scale triptych, Primavera 2020, by world-renowned contemporary artist Charline von Heyl.

Passing the halfway point of the commissioning cycle, PRIMAVERA IV the heart presents an eclectic mix of composers who gravitate to various themes in the paintings. Three approaches to the Graces – by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Tyshawn Sorey, Pulitzer- prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis, and award-winning Justine F. Chen – offer three distinctive interpretations of the Graces. Justine F. Chen’s Iridescent Gest highlights the moto perpetuo kinetic energy of the dancers; Tyshawn Sorey’s Three Graces offers a dramatic, richly nuanced and complex arc through the interlocking gestures of the graces; and Aaron Jay Kernis’ Grace reimagines the heart of each of J.S. Bach’s Six Suites for Cello Solo, the Sarabande, in search of a timeless musical language.

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