PENTATONE OXINGALE SERIES
PRIMAVERA IV the heart
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2023, Baarn, The Netherlands
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DIGITAL RELEASE DATE
24 November 2023
Released in digital formats for streaming and high-resolution downloads
AUDIO RESOLUTION FOR DIGITAL FILES
96/24 PCM Stereo & 44.1/16 PCM Stereo
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.
PRIMAVERA IV the heart features compositions by Atar Arad, Tyshawn Sorey, Aaron Jay Kernis, Justine F. Chen, Brian Current, Nina C. Young, Paul Moravec, Rob Mazurek, Nkeiru Okoye, Analia Llugdar, Vincent Ho, Carmen Braden and Gordon Getty.
Passing the halfway point of the commissioning cycle, this release 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.
The album begins with legendary violist and composer Atar Arad’s Aviv, a suite of miniatures traversing a wide range of styles, from Jewish modes to Scottish bagpipe music, playful to mournful (“Once Upon a Time – Highland – Song – Humoresque – Elegy – Spring Dance”). Canadian Brian Current’s Chlorisflora shatters our cello expectations with a whole new sphere of timbres and extended techniques (including the use of a paper clip), depicting the earthly flowers and vines that grow out of the nymphs. Nina C. Young’s pentimento also expands the sound palette adding an electronic tableau to haunting acoustic fragments that emerge from the layers of texture. Pulitzer-prize
winning Paul Moravec’s Your Own Shadow contemplates the only words in Charline von Heyl’s Primavera 2020, a three-note motive metamorphosing from a virtuosic show piece to an ethereal melody in harmonics. Jazz trumpeter and composer Rob Mazurek takes us on a Prokofiev-tinged theatrical voyage with Venus in Shadow World.
Argentinian-Canadian Analia Llugdar’s Anima vento evokes the East Wind, the breath of Zephyrus, with a wide-ranging spectral imagination. Juno Award-winning Canadian Vincent Ho’s Blindfolded Cupid taps into vernacular music, unfolding with a series of progressively more wound-up riffs. From the Canadian sub-Arctic, Carmen Braden explores a range of emotions and subtext of the Primavera paintings with Her Arranged Marriage to Oranges. Two returning composers, Nigerian-American Nkeiru Okoye and Gordon Getty contribute new Primavera Project pieces: Okoye’s Breaking Bread merges Spirituals with Bach mockpolyphony; and Gordon Getty’s Winter Song, following his Spring Song released on PRIMAVERA II the rabbits, continues the nonagenarian’s traversal of the seasons with the promise and comfort of nature’s cycles.
ABOUT MATT HAIMOVITZ
Renowned as a musical pioneer, multi-Grammy-nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz is praised by The New York Times as a “ferociously talented cellist who brings his megawatt sound and uncommon expressive gifts to a vast variety of styles” and by The New Yorker as “remarkable virtuoso” who “never turns in a predictable performance.” He brings a fresh ear to familiar repertoire, champions new music, and initiates groundbreaking collaborations, as well as creating innovative recording projects. In addition to his touring schedule, Haimovitz mentors an award-winning studio of young cellists at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal and is now the first-ever John Cage Fellow at The New School’s Mannes School of Music in New York City.
Haimovitz made his debut in 1984, at the age of 13, as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. He has gone on to perform on the world’s most esteemed stages, with such orchestras and conductors as the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, the English Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal with Kent Nagano. His latest endeavor, THE PRIMAVERA PROJECT, encompasses 81 new commissions from a diverse intersection of North American communities and has been featured in the most recent 59th Venice Biennale Arte.
Making his first recording at 17 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Haimovitz’s recording career encompasses more than 30 years of award-winning work on Deutsche Grammophon (Universal), Oxingale Records, and the PENTATONE Oxingale Series. His honors include the Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Grand Prix du Disque, and the Premio Internazionale “Accademia Musicale Chigiana.” He studied with Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School and graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University. Haimovitz plays a Venetian cello, made in 1710 by Matteo Gofriller.
ABOUT CHARLINE VON HEYL
Charline von Heyl (German, b. 1960) studied at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg and the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, and participated in the Cologne art scene in the 1980s before moving to New York in 1995. She is a painter whose practice encompasses drawing, printmaking, and collage. Von Heyl’s work takes inspiration from a vast and surprising array of sources – including literature, pop culture, metaphysics and personal history.
She has been the subject of several survey museum exhibitions, most recently held at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Museum Dhont Dhaenens, Deurle; and the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg. Past survey exhibitions include the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston; the Tate Liverpool; Kunsthalle Nürnberg; Bonner Kunstverein; and the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia.
Her work can be found in collections around the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Kunstmuseum Bonn; and the Tate Modern, London. Charline von Heyl lives and works in New York and Marfa, Texas.
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