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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (1 July 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Winter & Winter
  • ASIN: B00004RGPM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  1. AriaThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Variation 1The Uri Caine Ensemble 1:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Variation 2The Uri Caine Ensemble0:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. The Introitus VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. The Dig It VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Logic's InventionThe Uri Caine Ensemble0:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. The Stuttering VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Variation 3, Canon at the UnisonThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. The Hot Six VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Variation 5 (+8)The Uri Caine Ensemble 1:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. RachmaninoffThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. VivaldiThe Uri Caine Ensemble0:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Variation for Saxophone & PianoThe Uri Caine Ensemble 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Variation 4The Uri Caine Ensemble 1:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. The Waltz VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. The Carol VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Variation 6, Canon at the 2ndThe Uri Caine Ensemble0:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. The Stomp VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. The Nobody Knows VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Canon at the 3rd in 3/4The Uri Caine Ensemble 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Variaton 7, GigueThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Variation 9, Canon At The 3rdThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Variation 10, FughettaThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Variation 11The Uri Caine Ensemble 1:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Variation for Violin & PianoThe Uri Caine Ensemble 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
27. Variation 12, Canon at the 4thThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
28. Variation 13The Uri Caine Ensemble 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
29. The Hallelujah VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
30. The Verdi Piano Duet VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
31. Luther's Nightmare VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
32. Canon at the 6th in 6/4The Uri Caine Ensemble 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
33. The Jaybird Lounge VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 2:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
34. Variation 14The Uri Caine Ensemble0:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
35. Variation 15, Canon at the 5thThe Uri Caine Ensemble 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
36. The Contrapunto VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
37. Variation for Piano Solo No. 1The Uri Caine Ensemble0:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
38. Canon at the 5th in 5/4The Uri Caine Ensemble 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
39. The Chorale VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Variation 16 (Overture)The Uri Caine Ensemble 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Don's VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Variation for ViniciusThe Uri Caine Ensemble 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Olive's RemixThe Uri Caine Ensemble0:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. The "I Poem" Variation (Fughetta for 4 Voices)The Uri Caine Ensemble 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Variation 17The Uri Caine Ensemble0:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Variation 18, Canon At the 6thThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. MozartThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Canon at the 7th in 7/4The Uri Caine Ensemble 1:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. The Minimal VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. The Tango VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. The Boxy VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Variation 19The Uri Caine Ensemble 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Variation 21, Canon at the 7thThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. The Wedding March Variation (for Ralph & Liz)The Uri Caine Ensemble 1:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Variation 22The Uri Caine Ensemble 1:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Variation for Gamba QuartetThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Canon at the 4th in 4/4The Uri Caine Ensemble 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Variation for Piano Solo Nr. 2The Uri Caine Ensemble 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Variation on B-A-C-HThe Uri Caine Ensemble 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Variation for Cello SoloThe Uri Caine Ensemble 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. HändelThe Uri Caine Ensemble0:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Variation 23The Uri Caine Ensemble 1:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Variation 25The Uri Caine Ensemble 5:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Variation 26The Uri Caine Ensemble 1:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Variation 29The Uri Caine Ensemble 1:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
27. Variation 30 QuodlibetThe Uri Caine Ensemble0:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
28. Variation 30 Quodlibet / The Drinking PartyThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
29. Logic's Organ PreludeThe Uri Caine Ensemble0:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
30. Uri's Organ PreludeThe Uri Caine Ensemble 5:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
31. The Blessing VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
32. AriaThe Uri Caine Ensemble 1:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
33. The Eternal VariationThe Uri Caine Ensemble 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Oeuvres de Johann Sebastian Bach adaptées par Uri Caine - Ensemble Uri Caine

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Amid the plethora of Bach discs released in 2000 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the composer's death comes something truly original, groundbreaking even, from New York jazz performer and arranger Uri Caine and his band. Having already explored the music of composers including Mahler and Schumann, Caine has turned his attention to Bach and the seminal Goldberg Variations. He is, of course, not the first musician to link the improvisatory skills of Baroque musicians with those of jazz players, but the 70-plus tracks on this two-CD release go way beyond mere extemporisation. Caine takes Bach's music both back in time (with the help of a gamba quartet and lute), into the future (string quartet, tango, minimalism, klezmer, jazz) and to the dawn of the 21st century (ambient dance with DJs Olive and Logic). The keyboard remains central--Caine starts off on fortepiano and goes on to play piano, harpsichord, electronic keyboards and Hammond organ--as do baroque forms, such as variation, cannon, quodlibet and chorale. Caine even finds time to pay homage to a number of other composers, namely Rachmaninov, Vivaldi, Verdi, Mozart and Handel. From the serene opening to some of the way-out variations along the way there is never a dull moment on this beautifully presented release, which will fascinate and entertain many throughout repeated listenings. --Rebecca Agnew

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Costa on 6 Jun. 2003
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Creative, flamboyant, irreverent yet always respectful of the true spirit of Bach's original, Caine has clearly had lots of fun making this record, which will leave you stunned and just as amused. The quality of the recording is absolutely fantastic, even on the most sophisticated equipment it will sound flawless.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 July 2000
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Uri Caine's latest work is a reworking of Bach's well-known 32 Goldberg Variations, presented as 72 variations played beautifully on an old-fashioned piannola type instrument (not sure what the name of the instrument is). Each piece is quite short and each subsequent variation introduces a change in mood and tempo. Additionally the artist has added variations of his own using different instruments and vocals. The result is a soothing yet uplifting piece of music which I really enjoyed hearing. The use of the piannola instrument is preferable to the piano rendition of the same piece, as played by Gould for instance. If you liked Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" you will like this! Presented as a double CD, playing time over 2 hours.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Dec. 2001
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I loved this reworking of the Goldberg Variations. Quite stunning and innovative. For me better than the original - which is saying something.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Incredibly ambitious project a success 23 Aug. 2000
By Gabriel John Kahane - Published on Amazon.com
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If for no other reason, Uri Caine ought to be respected for having no "censor" button in his creative process. Whatever comes to his mind gets put on record, and I find this to be incredibly refreshing. With 70 variations clocking in at two and a half hours over 2 discs, naturally everything is not going to be perfect, but for the most part, the Goldberg Variations is a joy to listen to. That he is able to put electronica and baroque period performance on the same disc makes me smile in itself; the fact that it gels is just icing on the cake. Nitty gritty: The solo keyboard renderings, heard on harpsichord, fortepiano, and piano tend to be a bit stiff, except for variation 29, in which Uri totally abandons the written notes-it's fantastic. Some of Uri's compositions, based on the Goldberg bass line, are a bit vanilla... choral settings are just too precious, but again, the overall experience on the record is totally refreshing. Each variation is heard in a unique instrumentation, ranging from baroque period performance to various chamber music settings, trad jazz, rhythm section and a couple horns, gospel, electronica, salsa, and so on. This record never wants for talent, featuring Greg Osby, Ralph Alessi, Drew Gress, James Genus, and other jazzers; several excellent baroque players, free jazz cellist Ernst Reijseger, and incredibly creative vocalist David Moss, among others. It's always entertaining, and often brilliant. Anyone with an open ear who has not heard Uri Caine ought to be this record.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Bach is chuckling! 6 April 2004
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently finished (and reviewed here) a biography of Johann Sebastian Bach which made the point repeatedly that our image of Bach as the stern Cantor of Leipzig is incorrect. The writer points out that before his long (and not very happy) job in Leipzig he had been very interested in less serious forms of music than the church cantatas for which he was mostly known in Leipzig. While in Leipzig itself he led the Collegium Musicum (the forerunner of today's Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra) and they met in a coffeehouse known for its conviviality. Further, anyone who listens to his music and who understands the musical conventions of the day can hear the sense of humor Bach brought to his music. This is nowhere more evident than in the Goldberg Variations. Just think of the Quodlibet that ends it - drinking songs and jokes! All this is in service of making the point that Uri Caine's 2+ hour riffs on Bach's Goldberg Variations would probably make the Master smile, even guffaw in places.

I have a friend in Eindhoven, Holland who, like me, is a Goldberg nut. Between us we probably have upwards of fifty versions of the Goldbergs, including versions for organ, string trio, string orchestra; I keep waiting for someone to transcribe it for koto ensemble. But he recently sent me this twofer from the Uri Caine Ensemble. I had known of it and of Uri Caine, but had never heard it. I was not prepared, though, for my reaction. Remembering that Bach had written the Variations for young harpsichordist Johann Theophilus Goldberg to play at night for his notoriously insomniac employer, Count von Keyserlingk (presumably to help him get to sleep), I put the headphones on as I went to bed, thinking I'd give Uri Caine the same opportunity to lull me to sleep. More than two hours later I was still awake, constantly surprised and delighted by the incredible musical imagination Caine has brought to bear on the Variations, and indeed I was vibrating like a violin's E string by the time the second CD had finished. No sleep for the stimulated, I guess you could say.

Others here have written about the various changes Caine brings to the variations, but I'd like to add a few comments. First of all, the basis for most of his variations is the clear-cut harmonic pattern Bach uses in the Aria. In other words, he does not tend to make meta-variations of the individual variations themselves, but sticks to the that G major sarabande harmonic progression of the Aria. Robin Holloway, in his 'Gilded Goldbergs' (which I've also reviewed here) does the opposite; each of his variations is based on the sequence of Bach's own variations. Caine does occasionally pick a specific variation for treatment, but usually not. And indeed, at times he seems more interested in throwing in references to all forms of music since Bach: samba, Gilbert & Sullivan, bossa nova, klezmer, Verdi, other Bach (I heard the St. Anne fugue along the way), Rachmaninov, various kinds of jazz (naturally!), Beethoven piano sonatas, gospel, a Mozart string quartet, viola da gamba music, extended vocal technique (via the oddly fascinating guttural mumblings of that weird guy, David Moss, who was so awful as Prince Orlovsky in the recent DVD of Salzburg's 'Fledermaus'), a clarinettist wailing on 'The Yellow Rose of Texas,' and on and on. He even works in a variation on the notes B-A-C-H. And I've still not even come close to mentioning all the influences.

Two small points of interst. Caine begins simply and calmly with the Aria played on Bach's own Silbermann fortepiano followed by the first variation played by gamba and fortepiano. And he later returns to play (on modern piano, and quite beautifully), absolutely straight, the 'Black Pearl' Variation, surely the emotional heart of the set; in doing so he pays a serene and heartfelt homage to Bach. Thank you, Mr. Caine, for that.

It is all done with absolute aplomb by Caine and his henchmen, erm, musicians. Tongue firmly in cheek, yes, but with terrific musicality and great chops. I cannot imagine anyone - except for those thin-lipped purists who probably aren't going to be exposed this set anyhow - not having a great time with these two CDs. It worked on several levels. It's a great Musicology 101 quiz: 'Spot the Influences.' And it can be dipped into at random (in fact, one way I listened to it was to put my CD changer on 'random'; it made not one whit of difference in my enjoyment). Best of all, it's a great energizer and spirit-lifter (pretty important, I'd say, in these parlous time).

So, for those of you who love to smile, who love Bach's Goldbergs, and who don't mind missing sleep, this one's for you.

2 CDs: total time ca. 156 mins.

Strongly recommended.

Scott Morrison
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Rampant Eclecticism 25 Dec. 2000
By David Sweetkind - Published on Amazon.com
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Here's one of the most inventive, heart-warming, beautiful and funny recordings existing for people who love ALL genres and styles of music. Absolutely professionally composed and linked together, the variations range from pure Bach through choral, gospel, jazz, electronic, klezmer and even a wild Mexican variation.
The range of styles and variety of instruments and voices provides constant amazement, amusement and variety. Yet somehow it all works. Caine obviously is a serious and talented musician with a wonderful ear for sounds, as well as a superb sense of humor and a bizarre imagination. My kind of guy!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Warning! Avant-Garde art music! Traditionalists turn back! 25 Nov. 2002
By L Buckley - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to chuckle at anyone who buys an album with titles like "Dig It Variation," or "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Variation" and then complains that Johann has defaced. I have Perahia's Goldbergs for when I want exquisite Bach, and Gould's for when I want, well, whatever it is that Gould did, and I have Caine for something completely different. I actually love his Mahler album more than this Goldbergs treatment (I think the Mahler is one of the best albums of the 1990s). But this one is worthwhile. If you dont' respond positively to the words "Knitting Factory scene" or "Downtown improvisers," move on to one of the literally dozens of interpretations that do not contain "The Jaybird Lounge Variation"--that one you'll only find here.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Variations on variations on variations on . . . 24 Sept. 2001
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This is an extreme variations album. Not content with the 30-odd that Bach wrote for solo instrument, Uri Caine has produced this double album of some 70 episodes for solo, duo, ensemble, vocal, choral, you name it, performance. Some are close to Bach's originals, some have a nodding acquaintance, and others are completely novel explorations of musical styles and melodies which Johann Sebastian would have been unable to contemplate in his day. But is it any good? Well, you're not looking at the output of the father of all Western music for the last 300 years, but you can't help admire the verve, enthusiasm and bravado with which Uri Caine has tackled the job. It's almost as if he decided to wilfully intermix musical styles just because they were there to be mixed. With so many variations I suspect not every listener will like every track, but I can guarantee that everyone will find some real stunners that will open their ears. For example, I particularly like the 'Dig It' variation - how long before someone picks up on this for a TV commercial soundtrack? This whole album is bit like a splash of cold water in the face - it's bold, refreshing and everybody needs it once in a while!
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