Beethoven.Period Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O’Riley



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Having shared ideas and projects for some time, Pentatone and Oxingale Records have joined forces in order to release their first joint issue in the Pentatone-Oxingale series of recordings: Beethoven, Period. This release features the complete sonatas and variations for fortepiano and violoncello, recorded on period instruments. Cellist Matt Haimovitz plays his own 1710 Gottfriller cello, crafted in Venice and outfitted with ox-gut strings, also from Italy, an early 19th c. rosewood tailpiece and a Dominique Peccatte bow from the same era, while his partner Christopher O’Riley plays an original 1823 Broadwood piano.


“Haimovitz and O’Riley impress in both the lyrical moments and those in which completely committed drive is required.”
–Gramophone Editor’s Choice, April 2015

“Matt Haimovitz is almost as good a writer as he is a cellist, and his intelligent notes to this recording make for fine, informative reading…In fact, this performance is more nuanced than some, with larger dynamic contrasts than many players allow themselves…Given that their playing is captured in beautifully true, beautifully balanced surround sound from PENTATONE, that’s all the more reason to return to this excellent pair of discs.”
–Lee Passarella, Audiophile Audition, June 2015

“These gritty, lively performances have special relevance to Buffalo, and here’s why: On Dec. 1 and 3, Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley are appearing here courtesy of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society…So many period instrument performances are fussy and overengineered. But these two musicians have a natural sound that jumps out at you and draws you in…Haimovitz and O’Riley have been performing this music at a wide variety of venues, from the Tractor Tavern in Seattle to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. I’m glad Buffalo is on the list. This will be fun.” –Mary Kunz Goldman, Buffalo News, June 2015

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