J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Uri Caine
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Uri Caine Ensemble
Viola da Gamba
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Winter&Winter
Catalog Number:910054-2
Year Released/Recorded:2000
Comments:Pedro Gomes Soares said:

Uri Caine's Goldberg Variations are a delight and a true tribute to Bach. They prove how eclectic and alive is Bach's creative genius in the dawn of this new millennium. Through the intelligent and unorthodox creativity of Caine we can experience a new dimension in Bach's Goldberg Variations, be it in blues, like The Dig It Variation, or in the hilarious and very contemporary Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Variation. Caine searches, and achieves, to demonstrate how universal can Bach's genius be, even in Jazz, like The Saxophone Variation. Of course, he could also be only enjoying himself, simply playing around with melodic experiences, like The Chorale Variation or Variation 16 (Overture). But is it not this versatility in Bach's music and the inherent ability to promote these experiences a demonstration of how both contemporary and atemporal the Goldberg Variations are? Be it what it may, these Variations are a different experience well worth undertaking.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Pedro Gomes Soares
Date First Submitted:08/10/2001