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Hymns - Spheres


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  • Audio CD (14 Jan 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B009XMWSRY
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hymn Of Remembrance
2. Spheres (1st Movement)
3. Spheres (2nd Movement)
4. Spheres (3rd Movement)
5. Spheres (4th Movement)
Disc: 2
1. Spheres (5th Movement)
2. Spheres (6th Movement)
3. Spheres (7th Movement)
4. Spheres (8th Movement)
5. Spheres (9th Movement)
6. Hymn Of Release

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The complete Hymns - Spheres, the recording from 1976 on which Keith Jarrett plays the pipe organ, has always been available in its original 2-LP version but only four selected movements of Spheres were released, in 1985, on a single CD. Now the whole of this remarkable work can be enjoyed once again, as it is made available for the first time in a two-CD set.

Dating from the year after the iconic The Köln Concert and just before Jarrett embarked on his (six-album) Sun Bear Concerts in Japan, Hymns - Spheres was a ground-breaking set of improvisations for its era. They were recorded on the "Trinity Organ", the larger of the two Karl Joseph Riepp (1719-1775) organs at the famous Benedictine Abbey in Ottobeuren, Bavaria. No overdubs, technical ornamentations or additions were utilized, only the pure sound of the organ in the abbey is heard on the recording. Many of the unique effects, although never before used, were accomplished by pulling certain stops part way, while others remained completely open or closed. Amazingly, baroque organs have always had this capability.

Personnel: Keith Jarrett (organ)

Review

'It's a joy to have this unusual recording restored to its original glory...the recorded sound is airy and ethereal, judiciously counterbalancing the music's complexity.' -- BBC Music Magazine, (Roger Thomas)* * * * *


'To argue whether this is 'jazz' or something else misses the point; it is fascinating, compelling and strangely haunting music.' -- Jazzwise, (Stuart Nicholson) * * * *


'Jarrett lets loose his vivid imagination and magisterial sense of form from the outset to create an eloquent and gripping narrative which transcends musical boundaries.' -- Financial Times, (Mike Hobart) * * * *


'Jarrett soon pulls out all the stops to create a beguiling soundscape that seems poised somewhere between Messiaen and Tangerine Dream.' -- The Independent On Sunday, (Phil Johnson)


'Astonishing and often eerily proto-ambient, it ranges from belligerent grandiosity to delicate intimacy with Jarrett's customary improvisational fearlessness. A unique outing.'

--Prog, (Sid Smith)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By happysalvo on 19 Jan 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Finally we have the release that we Jarrett fans have been clamouring for since Noah built the Ark - the full double album of Hymns/Spheres available for the first time on CD. It's been a long wait, but it's worth it in the long run.

These improvisations may not be to everyone's taste (I would suggest, for someone new to Jarrett's music, that they start with the Koln Concert before diving in the deep end here), but I personally found the work challenging and moving by turns. There is some noticeable hiss in quieter sections when listening on headphones, but the sound of the organ itself is fantastic. Folks who are interested in Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and the organ works of Olivier Messiaen should investigate this. Highly recommended.

Well done ECM - now, how about releasing the full three-record set of the 1981 Bregenz/Munich concerts on CD?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul of London on 20 Jan 2013
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It is very good that ECM has finally re-released in full Keith Jarrett's pipe-organ improvisations. The music is some of the most remarkable I have ever heard, and for me it is certainly one of Jarrett's most inspired works.

However, something has gone very wrong with the production. For a start, the recording level is incredibly low, and, worse, even when the volume of my amplifier is turned way up, much higher than with any other CD I have ever played, the music sounds peculiarly boxed-in, deadened, for want of a better description. The music is brilliant, worthy of five stars; but the production has made me reduce it to three stars.

Perhaps my memory is at fault, but I'm sure that the LPs of this release that I used to own gave a much deeper and wider sound than this. ECM is noted for its clear sounding productions. What on earth has happened here?
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By R. Wyatt on 19 Mar 2013
Format: Audio CD
This recording is what ECM is all about. Its out of the ordinary or maybe even out of this world. Few other record labels would even contemplate releassing an album like this or deliver it with a fraction of the panache either. Its Keith Jarrett noodling on a giant organ and it is fantastic. Some people would gladly pay to hear Jarrett noodle on the contents of their kitchen utensil drawer and of this evidence I can understand wny. Some of the sounds he conjures up are unbelievable and hardly what this instrument was built for. I hear Messaien, Ligeti, Eno, Tangerine Dream etc in this. I dont think its ECM's greatest sounding album mind you but then the technicalities of recording a disk like this are mind boggling. Highly recommended.
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