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The Goldberg Variations

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the 21st century, it's easy to take technology for granted and forget that in the time of Johann Sebastian Bach b. 1685, d. 1750, there were no cars, busses, airplanes, TVs, radios, movies, tape recorders, electric lights, or computers. People used candles to light their homes, and horses were the fastest way to get around. There were excellent plays and opinionated theater critics to review them, but no cameras to film the actors and actresses. Recording technology had yet to be invented, so the only way to hear classical musicians was to hear them performing live. Although the classical artists of Bach's time could not be recorded, they left behind their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the 21st century, it's easy to take technology for granted and forget that in the time of Johann Sebastian Bach b. 1685, d. 1750, there were no cars, busses, airplanes, TVs, radios, movies, tape recorders, electric lights, or computers. People used candles to light their homes, and horses were the fastest way to get around. There were excellent plays and opinionated theater critics to review them, but no cameras to film the actors and actresses. Recording technology had yet to be invented, so the only way to hear classical musicians was to hear them performing live. Although the classical artists of Bach's time could not be recorded, they left behind their compositions, and today's classical musicians continue to keep them alive. There is most certainly a need for classical traditionalists, who give us the opportunity to hear exactly what Bach wrote. But there is also a place for risk-takers who interpret Bach's pieces instead of playing them note for note. Uri Caine is such a risk-taker, and this two-CD set finds the Philadelphia-born pianist taking more than his share of liberties with Bach's "Goldberg Variations." Hardly a classical purist, Caine combines Bach's music with a variety of jazz styles everything from hard bop to Dixieland to bossa nova as well as gospel, ragtime, salsa, tango, and traditional Jewish music. Occasionally, this double-CD comes across as iconoclasm for the sake of iconoclasm; things become forced and unnatural when Caine employs DJs and unsuccessfully tries to convince us that hip-hop, electronica, and rave music can be relevant to Bach. But most of the time, his experimentation pays off handsomely. Goldberg Variations isn't for everyone; classical purists, in fact, will want to avoid it. But those who have very eclectic tastes in music will find that this 1999/2000 project, although not perfect, is highly imaginative and even fascinating.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2000
  • Label: Winter & Winter
  • UPC: 025091005420
  • Catalog Number: 54
  • Sales rank: 116,117

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Goldberg-Variationen, Aria Mit 30 Veränderungen (1:48)
  2. 2 Variation 1 (1:03)
  3. 3 Variation 2 (0:51)
  4. 4 The Introitus Variation (3:40)
  5. 5 The Dig It Variation (2:20)
  6. 6 Logic's Invention (0:38)
  7. 7 The Stuttering Variation (2:29)
  8. 8 Variation 3, Canon at the Inison (1:12)
  9. 9 The Hot Six Variation (2:43)
  10. 10 Variation 5 (1:26)
  11. 11 Rachman in Off (1:52)
  12. 12 The Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (3:57)
  13. 13 Vivaldi (0:50)
  14. 14 Variation for Saxophone & Piano (2:47)
  15. 15 V a R Iation (1:07)
  16. 16 The Waltz Variation (1:01)
  17. 17 The Carol Variation (2:35)
  18. 18 Variation 6, Canon at the 2nd (0:42)
  19. 19 The Stomp Variation (2:26)
  20. 20 The Nobody Knows Variation (3:50)
  21. 21 Canon at the 3rd in 3/4 (1:19)
  22. 22 Variation 7, Gigue (2:38)
  23. 23 Variation 9, Canon at the 3rd (1:20)
  24. 24 Variation 10, Fughetta (1:41)
  25. 25 Variation 11 (1:35)
  26. 26 Variation for Violin & Piano (1:57)
  27. 27 Variation 12, Canon at the 4th (2:11)
  28. 28 V a R Iation (2:24)
  29. 29 The Callelujah Variation (1:46)
  30. 30 The Verdi Piano Duet Variation (1:28)
  31. 31 Luther's Nightmare Variation (2:17)
  32. 32 Canon at the 6th in 6/4 (1:43)
  33. 33 The Jaybird Lounge Variation (2:33)
  34. 34 Variation 14 (0:43)
  35. 35 Variation 15 (2:05)
  36. 36 The Contrapunto Variation (4:25)
  37. 37 Variation for Piano Solo (0:56)
  38. 38 Canon at the 5th in 5/4 (2:34)
  39. 39 The Chorale Variation (1:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Variation 16 (Overture) (1:47)
  2. 2 Don's Variation (2:32)
  3. 3 Variation for Vinicinus (4:57)
  4. 4 Olive's Remix (0:40)
  5. 5 The "I Poem" Variation (2:43)
  6. 6 Variation 17 (0:59)
  7. 7 Variation Canon at the 6th (1:22)
  8. 8 Mozart (1:48)
  9. 9 Canon at the 7th in 7/4 (1:28)
  10. 10 The Minimal Variation (1:40)
  11. 11 The Tango Variation (3:28)
  12. 12 The Boxy Variation (1:50)
  13. 13 Variation 19 (5:05)
  14. 14 Variation 21, Canon at the 7th (2:11)
  15. 15 The Wedding March Variation (1:52)
  16. 16 Variation 22 (1:41)
  17. 17 Variation for Gamba Quartet (1:59)
  18. 18 Canon at the 4th in 4/4 (3:12)
  19. 19 Variation for Piano Solo No. 2 (3:26)
  20. 20 Variation on B-A-C-H (2:30)
  21. 21 Variation for Cello Solo (2:34)
  22. 22 Handel (0:34)
  23. 23 Variation 23 (1:00)
  24. 24 Variation 25 (5:22)
  25. 25 Variation 26 (1:01)
  26. 26 Variation 29 (1:37)
  27. 27 Variation 30 Quodlibet (0:50)
  28. 28 Variation 30 Quodlibet/The Drinking Party (1:42)
  29. 29 Logic's Organ Prelude (0:48)
  30. 30 Uri's Organ Prelude (5:15)
  31. 31 The Blessings Variation (4:41)
  32. 32 Aria (1:54)
  33. 33 The Eternal Variation (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Uri Caine Primary Artist, Piano, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
David Moss Vocals
Don Byron Clarinet
Greg Osby Alto Saxophone
Ralph Peterson Drums
Bob Stewart Tuba
Milton Cardona Percussion
Ralph Alessi Trumpet
Dean Bowman Vocals
James Genus Bass
Drew Gress Bass
Ernst Reijseger Cello
Joerg Reiter Accordion
Barbara Walker Vocals
Reggie Washington Electric Bass
Josh Roseman Trombone
Gregor Hubnor Violin
Todd Reynolds Violin
Bea Gebauer Soprano (Vocal)
Reid Anderson Bass
Liz Alessi Bassoon
Paolo Biordi Viola
Cordula Breuer Flute, Soprano
Cristiano Contadin Viola
Guido Diesing Bass (Vocal)
Michael Freimuth Lute
Franziska Jahr Soprano (Vocal)
Patricia Just Alto (Vocal)
Wolfgang Kläsener Conductor
Oliver Kopetzki Bass (Vocal)
Hans-Joachim Kuhs Tenor (Vocal)
Dusterhus Lothar Bass (Vocal)
Richard Martin-Markowski Tenor (Vocal)
Marco Mermudez Vocals
Ulli Neuman Alto (Vocal)
Jane Oldham Viola
Paul Plunkett Trumpet
Rodney Prada Viola
Petra Schnabel Soprano (Vocal)
Anne-Kathrin Sclegel Alto (Vocal)
Annegret Siedel Violin
Hildegard Singer Soprano (Vocal)
Mary Utiger Violin
Arno Jochem Cello, Gamba
Technical Credits
Danny Blume Producer
DJ Logic Producer
Tracie Morris Poetry
Boomish Producer
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