Pussy Riot make a classical record

The Russian protest group, imprisoned by the Putin regime and later kicked out of the country, have received the ultimate cultural accolade of respectability – a cover version on a classical album.

Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley have included their Punk Prayer in a forthcoming Pentatone release titled Troika.

Matt explains:

‘With our cover of Pussy Riot’s Punk Prayer, we celebrate the band’s courage and the spirit of protest in an age of Orwellian intimidation. In the opening and closing chorales, I use a glass slide on the strings as I pluck with the right for an eerie theremin-like effect. The grunge punk distortion in the bass is also acoustically achieved with a styrofoam cup smashed behind the cello’s bridge. 

The traditional three-horse-drawn troika moved across the Russian landscape with its own elaborate system of bells and whistles, used to herald its arrival to the coming town. Here, the composers and songwriters of TROIKA, each in their own way, use the power of their voices to warn and to cajole, to resist and to remember.’

 

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  • Anon says:

    “ultimate cultural accolade of respectability”

    still laughing.

    Well, I guess these special “pussy riot” agents are paid decently at least.

  • Is this supposed to be a joke or what?

  • bratschegirl says:

    I’m just trying to picture the logistics involved in smashing the styrofoam cup behind the bridge. Is an additional person required, or does the cellist bow open strings with the right and smash with the left, or…?

  • Anon says:

    “With our cover of Pussy Riot’s Punk Prayer, we celebrate the band’s courage and the spirit of protest in an age of Orwellian intimidation.”

    That’s the most Orwellian phrase I have read in a long time. Pussy riot are part of Big Brother’s troops. Remember, war is peace.

  • Stephen says:

    Google for a closer view of the singer on the right!

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