Kristjan Järvi: Bach Re-invented

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Kristjan Järvi: Bach Re-invented



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27th May 2013




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Kristjan Järvi: Bach Re-invented

Bach, J S:

Two-part Invention No. 1 in C major, BWV772

Two-part Invention No. 4 in D minor, BWV775

Two-part Invention No. 8 in F major, BWV779


Reinventions (Piano Concerto)


toopART Reinventions

Trapp, T:

Headless Snowman

Simone Dinnerstein (piano)

Absolute Ensemble, Kristjan Jarvi



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Absolute Ensemble and Kristjan Järvi are taking the initiative and are joining forces with acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein to create and track Bach's famous inventions from their not-so-humble beginnings to an entirely new and unique development.

The album includes Tom Trapp's lively “Headless Snowman Encore” as a final track.

Kristjan Järvi designed the Absolute Bach Re-invented concert series in 2012 to showcase the multi-talented ensemble members who are also writers – among others guitarist Gene Pritsker, and saxophonist Daniel Schnyder.

Bach's famous inventions take an off-beat journey from Baroque to Rock through to Gypsy Folk and Hip Hop.

In their performance of what Järvi calls "music without borders," Absolute Ensemble weaves together numerous music genres, and ensemble members not only compose their pieces, but are often called upon to improvise during performances.

The Bach Reinvented concert tour featuring pianist Simone Dinnerstein took place in 2012 and included performances in Toronto, Ontario, New York City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Austin, Texas.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Invention No. 1 in C Major, BWV 772

Invention No. 1 in C Major, BWV 772

Gene Pritsker: Reinventions (Piano Concerto)






Johann Sebastian Bach: Invention No. 4 in D Minor, BWV 775

Invention No. 4 in D Minor, BWV 775

Daniel Schnyder: toopART Reinventions

Part I

Part II


Part III


Part IV

Part V

Part VI

Johann Sebastian Bach: Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779

Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779

Tom Trapp: Headless Snowman Encore

Headless Snowman Encore

BBC Music Magazine

October 2013


“it's a measure of how Bach is still widely regarded as relevant and, whatever one might feel about these efforts, the originals abide, unharmed and unbowed...the ensemble playing is vivacious, punchy and commendably tight.”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2013

“Here is a disc whose eclectic references make its classification elusive. Classical, jazz, crossover, rock, big-band, world music? It has elements of all. I think it's rather special...a sophisticated, stimulating entertainment.”

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