PRIMAVERA II – the rabbits

Artist: Matt Haimovitz, cello
Label: Pentatone

PRIMAVERA II the rabbits is the second of six albums in a momentous series encompassing 81 world premieres for solo cello. This digital album presents 13 new commissions by The Primavera Project for groundbreaking, multi-GRAMMY nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz. Each composer responds to Sandro Botticelli’s enigmatic painting, Primavera, and the prophetic large-scale triptych, Primavera 2020, by world-renowned contemporary artist Charline von Heyl.

Referencing the time of Botticelli, PRIMAVERA II the rabbits begins where PRIMAVERA I the wind left off. Haimovitz’s four-cello arrangement of Josquin des Prez’s Kyrie from Missa Hercules Dux Ferrariae harks back to Lisa Bielawa’s fantasy of the same, bridging to Missy Mazzoli’s deconstruction of Josquin in her haunting Beyond the Order of Things. Haimovitz also overlays the four cellos of Texu Kim’s Beseeching, entwining Native-American rain dance drumming and old Korean melodies in voices of desperation and hope.

Genre: Solo/Instrumental