Episode #3042

Theme & Variations - Goldberg Variations

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

From a Satie-influenced piano solo to electronics to a large jazz-based ensemble, Bach’s celebrated variations are themselves varied for this New Sounds program. We’ll hear some varations adapted almost beyond recognition, by composers like Derek Bermel, David Del Tredici, and Uri Caine. Listen to a version arranged by Karlheinz Essl for string trio with electronic manipulation of the instruments along with Derek Bermel's funky Kontraphunktus. Plus, excerpts from the playful Uri Caine arrangements of the Goldbergs, which travel forward and backward in time with gamba quartet and lute all the way up to minimalism and turntables. Caine's epic 2-CD set is also gleefully heedless of genre, swinging from spoken word and DJ Logic's turntables to jazz and tango, baroque meeting gospel, and veering into Afro-Cuban rhythms and soulful blues. All that and more.

PROGRAM # 3042, Theme & Variations: Bach’s Goldbergs Variations (First aired on Wed., 02/24/10)





Sachiko Kato

Live at the Phoenix Hall

13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg (2007)- Bach: Aria, from Goldberg Variations BWV 988 [2:15]
Stanley Walden: Fantasy Variation [2:07]
Fred Lerdahl: Chasing Goldberg [2:28]
David Del Tredici: My Goldberg (Gymnopedie #1) [4:24]
Derek Bermel: Kontraphunktus [1:59]
Bach: Aria (Reprise), from Goldberg Variations BWV 988 [2:31]

2009 CD, see for availability.
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Karlheinz Essl


GoldBergWerk - Aria Electronic [4:12]
GoldBergWerk - Fantasia Chromatica Electronica [3:45]

Preiser Records PR907538 OR download from

Uri Caine


Carol Variation [2:35]
Stomp Variation [2:26]
Logic’s Invention [:38]
Stuttering Variation [2:30]
Rachmaninoff [1:52]
Variation For Vinicius, excerpt [1:00]
Halleluja Variation [1:46]
Luther’s Nightmare [2:18]
Minimal Variation [3:29]
Tango Variation [1:51]

Winter & Winter 910054

Jacques Loussier Trio

Bach’s Goldberg Varitations

Variation 3 [1:24] Aria, excerpt

Telarc 83479

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Comments [1]

Paul Hamburg

I enjoyed the program which introduced me to the unfamiliar work of Karlheinz Essl.

One factual error -- 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg were commissioned by the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival for pianist Gilbert Kalish, who gave the first performance at the Festival on May 2, 2004 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Aug. 30 2010 07:13 PM

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