Eric Jacobsen's Rainy Day Mixtape

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A member of Brooklyn Rider string quartet, The Knights, Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Project and Mark O'Connor's String Quartet, cellist and conductor Eric Jacobsen has worked with the Detroit and Alabama Symphonies and recorded music by everyone from Jimi Hendrix and Osvaldo Golijov to Shostakovich. He is currently on faculty at New York University.

He offers the following poem as explanation for his mixtape, which includes a Beatles recording featuring his late cello teacher Harvey Shapiro as well as selections by Shara Worden, Dave Douglas and more.

by Eric Jacobsen

No patterns?
No reasoning?
Enjoying a listening project.
Coffee in hand
Feeling pretty lucky

  'Has anyone supposed it lucky to be born?
  I hasten to inform him or her it is just as lucky to die, and I know it.'

                       W. Whitman

Love of beauty
Love of my heroes
And teachers

   'I understand the large hearts of heroes,
   The courage of present times and all times'

                      W. Whitman

love of sensuality


Traditional: Barbara Allen (Dave Douglas Quintet)

Charles Wuorinen: Andante Espressivo (Fred Sherry, cello)

The Beatles: Eleanor Rigby (Harvey Shapiro, cello)

Sergei Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata, Mvmt 3 (Harvey Shapiro, cello; Earl Wild, piano)

Thomas Ades - Under Hamelin Hill (Stephen Farr, organ)

My Brightest Diamond: In the Beginning (performed by Shara Worden and Ymusic)

Franz Schubert: Nacht und Traume, D. 827 (Elizabeth Schumann, vocals)

Christina Courtin: Foreign Country

Caetano Veloso - Come as you are

J.S. Bach - Mass in B Minor: Crucifixus and Et Resurrexit (performed by Franz Bruggen and The Orchestra of the 18th Century)