Goldberg Variations / Variations

November 8, 2011 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Label: Sunnyside
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Sunnyside Communications
  • Total Length: 1:17:09
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  • ASIN: B0060X52PY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,889 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carraher on November 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Dan Tepfer is one of the most formidable jazz pianists on the international stage and hailed as such by press on every continent you can keep a piano in tune (Antarctica does not qualify). He has owned the spotlight the world over, from his solo work to full orchestra performances, and his improve skills are awe inspiring. His style is more melodic, he's not one to display his technical prowess through big blasts of dissonance and drama. This comes to the listeners ear as playful, fun, sexy and just beautiful. There is such a rainbow of musical colors that it takes you away before you even knew you were packed.

He has chronicled his talents on the solo disc Twelve Free Improvisations in Twelve Keys (2009) as well as the trio sessions Before the Storm (2005), Oxygen (2007) and Five Pedals Deep . Here, he brings that melodic lyricism to JS Bach's Goldberg Variations. To tackle the masters iconic work is a pretty ambitious ideal, but Tepfer is more than equal to the task. This is no popular music take on Bach, so don't expect A 5th Of Beethoven or Hooked On Bach. This is a masterful pianist, a classically trained pianist and a young man who has been praised wherever he has graced the ears of jazz and classical fans giving us a respectful and affectionate interpretation of the complete "Goldbergs" and interspersed are his improv variations on Bach's Variations...did that make sense?

For Tepfer, this was no "romp" through the play ground, no playful process for showing off. He disappears into the music and I am told that he even engineered this disk himself to further immerse himself in the pieces and the project. In between Bach's own variations are Tepfer's improvisation and though true to the original you can feel the kiss of jazz. Wonderful stuff. My advice to you. Grab a good book, and put this album on and get lost in a marvelous disk.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lavd on February 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD
.... but was won over after a few cuts of this marvelous recording. It is true that Tepfer's interpretation of the Goldberg is Romantic, which is not my favorite mode. His playing, however, is forceful without being forced and thoroughly elegant. In this manner his own improvisations are jazz extensions of the Bach rather than jarring reinterpretations. On occasion, however, he succumbs to Keith Jarrett's malady of humming along to his own improvisations, a habit which I find sometimes detracts from the brilliance of the music itself. That, however, does not deter me from recommending this to lovers of Bach and jazz. While this may not be the ultimate interpretation of the Goldberg Variations, it is a worthy addition to those who have recorded them in the past.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bln on December 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a beautiful CD that will give you a fresh perspective on the venerable Goldberg variations: beyond Dan Tepfer's interpretation of Bach's work, you get a creative insight into what you just heard by listening to how one dimension or another in the original variation gives rise to a new piece. It's like peeking into the essence of inspiration. Variations on the variations, or meta-variations, if you will!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T.E.A. on December 20, 2011
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Dan Tepfer's Goldbergs are lovely and precise. The Variations themselves possess an Attic clarity, which relay as much acuity and restraint as the Improvisations do a willingness to be unruly. Riffing on Bach is presumptuous, as are most of the best engagements with existing art. This album does it boldly and gracefully. Go get a copy and enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eugene J. Niemierzycki on June 12, 2013
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I have been listening to some great piano music performed/composed by a few relatively unknown artists. Some of it falls this side of classical, while other falls that side of jazz. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, I say. But it's no hodge podge. It isn't cheap fare. It is serious music in its own right. And much of it is improvised:

Tord Gustavsen Trio: The Well, Being There, The Ground, Changing Places. (you can't go wrong with any of these; he's one of my favorites)
Pieranunzi, Enrico: Jazz Improvisations
Dan Tepfer: Goldberg Variations, Five Pedals...
Stenson, Bobo: Serenity
Fort, Anat: A Long Story

Hopefully you will find the commonality I have found among these artists, but most importantly, love and enjoy it!

PS. The list is not entirely complete; I have been listening to Venezuela native Gabriela Montero. Ms. Montero's playing is Romantic - - warm, sensual, nostalgic, longing... The darndest thing is that I'm always drawn to her no matter what I'm involved with at the time. Montero playing has a quality that leaves an indelible mark in your subconscious. But be warned, this is not "straight" classical music. Ms. Montero is an improviser, but her music is so seamless, and the pieces work so well, that you feel as if they had been created like that all along in spite of the fact that she's playing another another Chopin, another Faure, not that much different from the first Bach,the first Chopin, etc.

Her recordings in chronological are:
Chopin, Falla, Ginastera, et al., 2005
Bach and Beyond, 2006
Baroque Album, 2007

I recommend Glenn Gould's interpretation of Bach's Goldberg Variations on Sony, "The Historic 1955 Debut Recording, etc." as a contrast to Montero style.
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