<< -- 2 -- Basil Ramsey BACH PASSION
I have persisted in my study of this extraordinary challenge with growing
curiosity. Why? The basis is my acceptance of Caine's sincerity, knowledge
of serious music, passion for Bach, and an impressive keyboard technique.
On a companion record Caine talks to Luis Gago about the many aspects of
this startling experience, and the steps by which he eventually came to
see this project as a springboard from Bach's musical comprehension.
On our side, as listeners, we face acres of unfamiliar sounds [listen -- CD 2 track 29, 0:01-0:42] as well as sounds and
textures that are part-Bachian [listen -- CD 2, track
27, 0:23 -- track 28, 0:33]. For a two-CD boxed set of slightly under
three hours' duration, there is a lot more than the urtext Goldberg
Variations and some of it gets wild (to those who recall Spike Milligan
and the Goon Show there might be a strange feeling.). I do not criticise
Uri Caine's fantasy or the direction in which it has travelled. The
wish to pay homage to Bach is his right in whatever fashion he chooses.
Copyright © 17 December 2000
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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