Bernard Herrmann (Wikipedia)
Greg Sandow figures out Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O'RIley are playing music from Bernard Herrmann's Vertigo:
Clearly 20th century, I thought. A composer with a lot of cello/piano chops, someone who’s an expert at writing for those instruments, separately and together. And who’s also full of drama. And has imagination. Style a little hard to place. Post-1945, I thought. But who? Couldn’t think of anyone who sounded quite like this. I don’t claim to have exhaustive knowledge of the repertoire, but really, I thought, if someone was this good, wouldn’t I at least have some small clue?
As much as a Herrmann fan as I am, this isn't even the best track on the album. Their version of Radiohead's Pyramid Song, with its combination of cello and piano, is as moving if not more so than the original.