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From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz

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From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz

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From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz

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.

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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

Sonata for cello & piano in D minor, H 125 [1. Allegro ben moderato]

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Cello Sonata: Allegro (excerpt)

  • Song: Sonata for cello & piano in D minor, H 125 [1. Allegro ben moderato]
  • from Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano; Bridge: Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • by Mstislav Rostropovich

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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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Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys.
Capitol

Machine Gun

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Jimi Hendrix: 'Machine Gun' (excerpt)

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  • from Band of Gypsys
  • by Jimi Hendrix

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Band of Gypsys
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Jimi Hendrix
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1970

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Nina Simone.
Verve

Wild Is the Wind [Live]

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Nina Simone: 'Wild Is the Wind'

  • Song: Wild Is the Wind [Live]
  • from Wild Is the Wind/High Priestess of Soul
  • by Nina Simone

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Peter Pears sings Schubert's Winterreise.
Decca

Frühlingstraum ("Ich träumte von bunten Blumen"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/11 (Op. 89/11)

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Schubert: 'Fruhlingstraum' (from Winterreise)

  • Song: Frühlingstraum ("Ich träumte von bunten Blumen"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/11 (Op. 89/11)
  • from Schubert: Winterreise
  • by Peter Pears

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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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A Love Supreme, Pt. 3: Pursuance/Pt. 4: Psalm

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

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Pittsburgh Collective.
Oxingale

Alchemy

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Pittsburgh Collective: 'Alchemy'

  • Song: Alchemy
  • from David Sanford & The Pittsburgh Collective
  • by David Sanford & the Pittsburgh Collective

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David Sanford & The Pittsburgh Collective

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A Love Supreme

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John Coltrane
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2008

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Schubert: Winterreise

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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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Band of Gypsys

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Jimi Hendrix
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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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1995

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