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From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz

From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places. i i

hide captionFrom coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places.

Steph Mackinnon
From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places.

From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places.

Steph Mackinnon

These days it's not unusual to find classical musicians performing in unlikely venues — pubs, clubs and out-of-the-way places. But long before this trend took hold there was Matt Haimovitz. Ten years ago, the intrepid cellist lugged his instrument across the country, bringing music by J.S. Bach to barrooms, coffeehouses and even Manhattan's famous punk club CBGB.

Haimovitz was a teenage virtuoso who landed a major-label record deal and dates with leading orchestras before he turned 20. He took a traditional career path, but then made a turn to include explorations into the intersections of classical, jazz and rock music. He also started his own record label.

We invited the adventurous musician to bring a stack of recordings into the studio and talk about why he loves them. Some of Haimovitz's picks — from Schubert to Coltrane to Hendrix — might surprise you.

Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz

Rostropovich plays Frank Bridge.

Cello Sonata: Allegro (excerpt)

  • Artist: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Album: Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano; Bridge: Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Song: Sonata for cello & piano in D minor, H 125 [1. Allegro ben moderato]
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  • Album: Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano; Bridge: Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Artist: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Label: London
  • Released: 1995
 
Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys.

Jimi Hendrix: 'Machine Gun' (excerpt)

  • Artist: Jimi Hendrix
  • Album: Band of Gypsys
  • Song: Machine Gun
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  • "Machine Gun"
  • Album: Band of Gypsys
  • Artist: Jimi Hendrix
  • Label: Universal Distribution
  • Released: 1970
 
Nina Simone.

Nina Simone: 'Wild Is the Wind'

  • Artist: Nina Simone
  • Album: Wild Is the Wind/High Priestess of Soul
  • Song: Wild Is the Wind [Live]
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  • "Wild Is the Wind [Live]"
  • Album: Wild Is the Wind/High Priestess of Soul
  • Artist: Nina Simone
  • Label: Mercury
 
Peter Pears sings Schubert's Winterreise.

Schubert: 'Fruhlingstraum' (from Winterreise)

  • Artist: Peter Pears
  • Album: Schubert: Winterreise
  • Song: Frühlingstraum ("Ich träumte von bunten Blumen"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/11 (Op. 89/11)
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  • "Frühlingstraum ("Ich träumte von bunten Blumen"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/11 (Op. 89/11)"
  • Album: Schubert: Winterreise
  • Artist: Peter Pears
  • Label: Decca
  • Released: 2000
 
John Coltrane's A Love Supreme.

John Coltrane: A Love Supreme, Pt. 3: 'Pursuance' (excerpt)

  • Artist: John Coltrane
  • Album: A Love Supreme
  • Song: A Love Supreme, Pt. 3: Pursuance/Pt. 4: Psalm
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  • "A Love Supreme, Pt. 3: Pursuance/Pt. 4: Psalm"
  • Album: A Love Supreme
  • Artist: John Coltrane
  • Label: Impulse!
  • Released: 2008
 
Pittsburgh Collective.

Pittsburgh Collective: 'Alchemy'

  • Artist: David Sanford & the Pittsburgh Collective
  • Album: David Sanford & The Pittsburgh Collective
  • Song: Alchemy
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  • "Alchemy"
  • Album: David Sanford & The Pittsburgh Collective
  • Artist: David Sanford & the Pittsburgh Collective
  • Label: Oxingale Records
  • Released: 2007
 

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  • Album: David Sanford & The Pittsburgh Collective
  • Artist: David Sanford & the Pittsburgh Collective
  • Label: Oxingale Records
  • Released: 2007
 

A Love Supreme

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  • Album: A Love Supreme
  • Artist: John Coltrane
  • Label: Impulse!
  • Released: 2008
 

Schubert: Winterreise

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  • Album: Schubert: Winterreise
  • Artist: Peter Pears
  • Label: Decca
  • Released: 2000
 

Wild Is the Wind/High Priestess of Soul

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  • Album: Wild Is the Wind/High Priestess of Soul
  • Artist: Nina Simone
  • Label: Mercury
 

Band of Gypsys

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  • Album: Band of Gypsys
  • Artist: Jimi Hendrix
  • Label: Universal Distribution
  • Released: 1970
 

Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano; Bridge: Sonata for Cello and Piano

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  • Album: Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano; Bridge: Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Artist: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Label: London
  • Released: 1995
 

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