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Diabelli Vars [Import]

L.V. Beethoven Audio CD
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1. Theme: Vivace
2. Variation I. Alla Marcia Maestoso
3. Variation II. Poco Allegro
4. Variation III. L'istesso Tempo
5. Variation IV. Un Poco Piu Vivace
6. Variation V. Allegro Vivace
7. Variation VI
8. Variation VII. Allegro Ma Non Troppo E Serioso
9. Variation VIII. Poco Vivace
10. Variation IX. Allegro Pesante E Risoluto
11. Variation X. Presto
12. Variation XI. Allegretto
13. Variation XII. Un Poco Piu Moto
14. Variation XIII. Vivace
15. Variation XIV. Grave E Maestoso
16. Variation XV. Presto Scherzando
17. Variation XVI. Allegro
18. Variation XVII
19. Variation XVIII. Poco Moderato
20. Variation XIX. Presto
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Pianist Uri Caine represents the true potential of the modern musician. His ability to play different types of music, from sambas to hip-hop, is rooted in his jazz pedigree. He's taken on the works of Mahler and Bach, and with this CD, he tackles Beethoven's Diabelli Variations with the chamber orchestra Concerto Köln. The disc was recorded in Germany, and Caine plays an 1838 Erard fortepiano. On the 33 variations, he moves between the classical and jazz pianistic traditions with ease. On Variations V, XVI, and XXIII, Caine drops stride, ragtime, and boogie-woogie lines into the mix. Variations IX and XI also include habanera syncopations and a sly quote from Bud Powell's bop number "Parisian Thoroughfare." In the hands of an amateur, this project would sound like a bad example of Third Stream music, but Caine's encyclopedic knowledge, humor, and ingenuity make the marriage of these great art forms sound natural. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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5.0 out of 5 stars More Subtle than Caine's Past Efforts May 2 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I heartedly disagree with the previous reviewer. Yes, the Diabelli Variations are an arduous task for any performer, but Caine's subtle infusions may go unnoticed by many listeners. Following the album from commencement to conclusion, works by Fats Waller, Bud Powell, Dave Brubeck, and Miles Davis arise; typically woven into Beethoven's lines. If you read the history of the Diabelli Variations, and realize Caine has always arranged with historical reflection in mind(see his klezmer arrangements of Mahler or his deflation of Wagner), this album has a myriad of conceivably astute qualities. Based on studies, one of the most bewildering aspects of the Diabelli Variations is that Beethoven felt the work had a dialetic quality which by the final variation offered the all important moment of self-reference.
Therefore Caine desires to reach a similar zenith. Hence, at times the album may sound stilted or overtly accentuated in the classical structure, but Caine does so with a purpose: to better reflect his personal exegesis of the music and how they affected his relevant considerations. The contrast by Variation 17 becomes startling, and merely continues throughout the release until the final variation. Caine hopes to reach Beethoven's acme.
His past, as a classically trained pianist and then later schooled in jazz(Caine tells stories of his piano teacher having him write jazz sonatinas of Bach at the age of 14), arises and this notion of self-reference becomes the end game.
Whether or not he succeeds remains open for debate.
Nevertheless a release which can foment such discourse deserves more than a mere two star rating, being far less disposable than the previous reviewer implied. Maybe not essential, but fairly enlightening.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Stick with the original April 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
Provocative and entertaining? Afraid not. Plodding and uninteresting. I thought the original was a tough nut to crack, but this is just painful. I suggest one study Beethoven's version; its rewards are many.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Subtle than Caine's Past Efforts May 2 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I heartedly disagree with the previous reviewer. Yes, the Diabelli Variations are an arduous task for any performer, but Caine's subtle infusions may go unnoticed by many listeners. Following the album from commencement to conclusion, works by Fats Waller, Bud Powell, Dave Brubeck, and Miles Davis arise; typically woven into Beethoven's lines. If you read the history of the Diabelli Variations, and realize Caine has always arranged with historical reflection in mind(see his klezmer arrangements of Mahler or his deflation of Wagner), this album has a myriad of conceivably astute qualities. Based on studies, one of the most bewildering aspects of the Diabelli Variations is that Beethoven felt the work had a dialetic quality which by the final variation offered the all important moment of self-reference.
Therefore Caine desires to reach a similar zenith. Hence, at times the album may sound stilted or overtly accentuated in the classical structure, but Caine does so with a purpose: to better reflect his personal exegesis of the music and how they affected his relevant considerations. The contrast by Variation 17 becomes startling, and merely continues throughout the release until the final variation. Caine hopes to reach Beethoven's acme.
His past, as a classically trained pianist and then later schooled in jazz(Caine tells stories of his piano teacher having him write jazz sonatinas of Bach at the age of 14), arises and this notion of self-reference becomes the end game.
Whether or not he succeeds remains open for debate.
Nevertheless a release which can foment such discourse deserves more than a mere two star rating, being far less disposable than the previous reviewer implied. Maybe not essential, but fairly enlightening.
3 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick with the original April 25 2003
By Vincent Tine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Provocative and entertaining? Afraid not. Plodding and uninteresting. I thought the original was a tough nut to crack, but this is just painful. I suggest one study Beethoven's version; its rewards are many.
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