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Keith Jarrett

A collection of classic interviews and reviews from DownBeat magazine, coupled with a complete discography of his work on ECM records. This special one-month presentation is a partnership between ECM and DownBeat in celebration of Keith Jarrett’s first classical recording in 15 years, J.S. Bach Six Sonatas For Violin And Piano (with Michelle Makarski on violin), the 30th anniversary of the trio and a live trio recording, Somewhere, and the recent release of two archival gems, Sleeper and Hymns/Spheres.
Classical Discography
on ECM

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The legend sits down with The Bad Plus pianist to discuss Bach, Bernstein and 30 years of sharing the bandstand with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette …

Awards usually don’t mean much to Keith Jarrett. But to be the newest member of the DownBeat Hall of Fame resonates deeply. “I got DownBeat as a teenager, and I’m aware of the magazine’s history and deep roots …

Keith Jarrett is a grand romantic pianist. Trim and youthful at age 65, he’s one of the most popular and critically acclaimed international concert stars of the past 40 years. …

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Johann Sebastian Bach
Six Sonatas for Violin
and Piano

Michelle Makarski: violin
Keith Jarrett: piano

Johann Sebastian Bach began work on his six sonatas for violin and harpsichord (BWV 1014-19) while at the courts of Weimar and Köthen and returned to the compositions over several decades, revising and polishing until the years before his death. C.P.E. Bach would later pronounce the pieces “among the best works of my dear father.” Prefiguring the classical duo sonata, violin and keyboard meet on equal terms in this music, and both are challenged by Bach’s compositional demands.

Violinist Michelle Makarski invited Keith Jarrett to join her in exploring these pieces, the two musicians – friends since Jarrett’s Bridge of Light recording – meeting frequently over a two year period, simply for the pleasure of playing the Sonatas. The idea of documenting them came late in the process: in November 2010 Makarski and Jarrett recorded the sonatas at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York. This is Jarrett’s first ‘classical’ recording since his Mozart Piano Concertos discs of 1996, and only the second occasion on which he has recorded Bach on piano rather than harpsichord.

Keith Jarrett’s earlier Bach recordings include Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (Buch 1, 1987; Buch II, 1990), Goldberg Variations (1989), 3 Sonaten für Viola da Gamba und Cembalo (1991, with Kim Kashkashian), and The French Suites (1991). Michelle Makarski’s New Series recordings include the recital discs Caoine (1995, with music of Bach, Biber, Hartke, Reger and Rochberg), Elegio per un’ombra (1999, with music of Tartini, Dallapiccola, Berio, Carter and Petrassi) and To Be Sung On The Water (2004, with music of Tartini and Crockett).

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