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From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz

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

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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.
Decca

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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Sonata for cello & piano in D minor, H 125 [1. Allegro ben moderato]
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Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano; Bridge: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Artist
Mstislav Rostropovich
Label
London
Released
1995

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Jimi Hendrix: 'Machine Gun' (excerpt)

  • Artist: Jimi Hendrix
  • Album: Band of Gypsys
  • Song: Machine Gun

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Machine Gun
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Band of Gypsys
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Jimi Hendrix
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Universal Distribution
Released
1970

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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]
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Wild Is the Wind/High Priestess of Soul
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Nina Simone
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Mercury

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Peter Pears sings Schubert's Winterreise.
Decca

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)
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Schubert: Winterreise
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Peter Pears
Label
Decca
Released
2000

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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
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A Love Supreme
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John Coltrane
Label
Impulse!
Released
2008

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Pittsburgh Collective.
Oxingale

Pittsburgh Collective: 'Alchemy'

  • Artist: David Sanford & the Pittsburgh Collective
  • Album: David Sanford & The Pittsburgh Collective
  • Song: Alchemy

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Alchemy
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David Sanford & The Pittsburgh Collective
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David Sanford & the Pittsburgh Collective
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Oxingale Records
Released
2007

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David Sanford & The Pittsburgh Collective

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Oxingale Records
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2007

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A Love Supreme

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John Coltrane
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Impulse!
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2008

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Schubert: Winterreise

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Schubert: Winterreise
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Peter Pears
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Decca
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2000

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Wild Is the Wind/High Priestess of Soul

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Nina Simone
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Mercury

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Band of Gypsys

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Band of Gypsys
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Jimi Hendrix
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Universal Distribution
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1970

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

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Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano; Bridge: Sonata for Cello and Piano
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Mstislav Rostropovich
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London
Released
1995

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