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Over the past 40 years, Keith Jarrett has come to be recognized as one of the most creative musicians of our times - universally acclaimed as an improviser of unsurpassed genius; a master of jazz piano; a classical keyboardist of great depth; and as a composer who has written hundreds of pieces for his various jazz groups, plus extended works for orchestra, soloist, and chamber ... Read more in Amazon's Keith Jarrett Store

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  • Performer: Keith Jarrett
  • Composer: Georg Friederich Handel
  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B000025XCW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Having paid tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach in a sequence of New Series recordings of the Well-tempered Clavier, the Goldberg Variations and the French Suites, Keith Jarrett now turns his attention to Bach's near contemporary, Georg Friedrich Handel. The project, in fact, has been in preparation for a long time; Jarrett's liner note informs us that he first began to record Handel's keyboard suites some 20 years ago.

The present recording is of particular interest for a number of reasons and not least because it is the first of his albums of baroque music to feature the piano - as opposed to harpsichord - since 'Book One of the Well-tempered Clavier' was issued in 1988. Where, in his Bach recordings, Keith Jarrett has striven to obliterate his musical personality ("This music does not need my assistance"), he feels Handel's "basically unknown" solo keyboard music needs a measure of special pleading. And, though he has gone to "the least tampered with editions" of the suites in the interests of "correctness both musicological and musical", in making the case for their reassessment he permits himself some interpretive leeway in matters of tempi and phrasing.

The result is an extremely attractive reading of seven of the Suites for Keyboard that can perhaps be more readily related - particularly in the adagio movements, where Jarrett takes full advantage of the lyrical warmth and textural richness of the material - to aspects of the pianist's improvised recordings than can his Bach interpretations. (Or, to put it another way, these pieces, in the right hands, retain the freshness of improvisation). "Handel was a keyboardist," Jarrett notes, "and his keyboard works should occupy a higher position in our awareness than they do." Keith Jarrett's playing on this recording invites comparison with his interpretation of Dmitri Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues Op. 87). Jarrett's Shostakovich prompted John Rockwell to declare, in the pages of the New York Times: "With this recording, Mr. Jarrett has finally staked an indisputable claim to distinction in the realm of classical music. Even in our multicultural, multistylistic age, it is extremely difficult to cross over from one field to another. Mr. Jarrett, having long since established himself in jazz, can now be called a classical pianist of the first rank."

Recorded 1993

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Keith Jarrett - piano

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Parker on 7 Sept. 2006
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There is no need to belabour the excellences of Keith Jarrett's performances of Handel's keyboard suites. The playing has the lyrical flow that other reviewers on North America's Amazon sites (Amazon.com and Amazon.ca) almost unanimously praise so lavishly and so rightly; even when Jarrett choses at times to play somewhat détaché, he never pokes, bangs, or thumps, as so many other keyboard players tend (whether on the piano or the harpsichord) to do. The phrasing of the music is so beautifully delineated that one simply would have to look long and far, indeed, to find the equal!

The way that Jarrett plays the suites in E minor and in A major alone would be worth the price of this disc, but the entire CD is a delight from beginning to end. However, in the other suites, there occasionally is all of that gentle reflectiveness that characterises his playing, in his own improvisational music and in classical repertoire alike, at the expense of the spritelier movements' humour and dash, the tempi at times just a tad too slow to maximise the brio of such sections, but all is forgiven for the sheer musicality and utter lack of pedantry of what one has to endure elsewhere in the performances of "early music specilists" or of some aggressive thwackers of Baroque keyboard music (especially in the music of Handel's contemporary, J.S. Bach) such as Weissenberg and (too much of the time) Gould.

The fugues in these suites simply surpass what praise can heap upon them.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A piano fan on 5 Sept. 2007
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If you like your Bach on the piano rather than the harpsichord there are plenty of pianists to choose from, but when it comes to Handel on the piano the choice is much narrower. Handel's keyboard suites are, as the reviewer below points out, neglected gems and sound glorious on a concert grand though they are generally still played on the harpsichord if at all. With Jarrett I am always fascinated by the discrepancy between his frequently euphoric and ecstatic adventures in jazz (Ok, I am a fan!), and the respect, restraint and attention to the score that he brings to his classical performances. These are fine melodic performances and I personally prefer them to the much-garlanded Gavrilov/Richter sets on EMI - pianists whom I find too relentlessly aggressive in some of the closing gigues. If anything, though, Jarrett can be a little understated. He has an umimpeachable sense of line and of form, but I miss some of the colour and the greater expressiveness you find on Anne Queffelec's recent recordings for Mirare. Jarrett's is a very fine set indeed, mind, and the recorded sound is as excellent as one has come to expect from ECM.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Mar. 2002
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This is the first of Jarret's Classical recordings that I have heard properly. By first impressions, I have been very impressed. He creates a great tone at the piano with a smooth, delicate touch.
As Jarret explains in his liner notes, the Handel keyboard suites are largely overlooked without good reason. This CD provides an excellent introduction to Handel's keyboard music. The suites are simple yet not simplistic, and in some ways are 'lighter' than some of Bach's work. They may not be highy complex, but they do require a competent pianist to do them justice, and for the most part Jarret succeeds. There were one or two ornaments that I felt could have been more smoothly executed, but this is only a small complaint to what is otherwise a very pleasing listen.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By drsox on 2 Sept. 2009
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This is just beautiful. Not as formal as Bach. Full of chromatic progression. More please !
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Francesco G on 23 April 2009
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Keith Jarrett plays Handel: bombastic! Two hands fly over the keyboard like butterflies and you suddenly enter in a fantastic world where music and colours are the same incredible reality. Falls of notes fill up your eyes of dreams and the delicate and bright touch leads your mind in the sky between the stars. You cannot distinguish if the music is entering into your ears or if your body is entering into another dimension... The Jarrett's touch is never too hard and his delicacy is never like honey, every note shines but never covers the nearest sisters: all the voices run together and in perfect freedom...
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