Keith Jarrett  J.S. Bach : The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (Live in Troy, NY, 1987)

J.S. Bach : The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (Live in Troy, NY, 1987)

Keith Jarrett

Released on June 14, 2019 by ECM New Series

Main artist: Keith Jarrett

Genre: Classical > Chamber Music > Solo Piano

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As part of Keith Jarrett’s rather extensive project on the works of the Cantor of Leipzig, an interpretation on harpsichord of Livre I from J. S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier was recorded in February 1987 and released in 1988. The recording dates from the same time as this new piano version by ECM New Series recorded 7 March 1987 in Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Of the same fluid drive in terms of the discourse, it holds an irresistible energy and is a particularly welcome interpretation of these invigorating and interpretable fugues (in C flat Major). Everything seems to dance and be in movement (D Major). The same feelings found throughout the polyphonies of pianists such as Tatiana Nikolayeya and Samuel Feinbeg or even a harpsichordist like Gustav Leonhardt are not present here. For Keith Jarrett, Bach represents the triumph of structure, and he plays Bach above all to confront one of his own artistic missions: polyphonic elaboration. The works of the Thomaskantor work as a medium for his own musical creativity as a jazzman and improvisor. The poetry and emotion are nevertheless ever-present. This is a version that will give real pleasure to all lovers of Keith Jarrett’s, allowing the comparison of two interpretations realized within two weeks of each other. Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz 

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Album : 1 disk - 48 tracks Total length : 01:43:59

    The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
  1. 1 1. Prelude in C Major, BWV 846

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  2. 2 2. Fugue in C Major, BWV 846

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  3. 3 1. Prelude in C Minor, BWV 847

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  4. 4 2. Fugue in C Minor, BWV 847

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  5. 5 1. Prelude in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  6. 6 2. Fugue in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  7. 7 1. Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  8. 8 2. Fugue in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  9. 9 1. Prelude in D Major, BWV 850

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  10. 10 2. Fugue in D Major, BWV 850

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  11. 11 1. Prelude in D Minor, BWV 851

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  12. 12 2. Fugue in D Minor, BWV 851

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  13. 13 1. Prelude in E-Flat Major, BWV 852

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  14. 14 2. Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 852

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  15. 15 1. Prelude in D-Sharp Minor/E-Flat Minor, BWV 853

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  16. 16 2. Fugue in D-Sharp Minor/E-Flat Minor, BWV 853

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  17. 17 1. Prelude in E Major, BWV 854

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  18. 18 2. Fugue in E Major, BWV 854

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  19. 19 1. Prelude in E Minor, BWV 855

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  20. 20 2. Fugue in E Minor, BWV 855

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  21. 21 1. Prelude in F Major, BWV 856

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  22. 22 2. Fugue in F Major, BWV 856

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  23. 23 1. Prelude in F Minor, BWV 857

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  24. 24 2. Fugue in F Minor, BWV 857

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  25. 25 1. Prelude in F-Sharp Major, BWV 858

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  26. 26 2. Fugue in F-Sharp Major, BWV 858

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  27. 27 1. Prelude in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 859

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  28. 28 2. Fugue in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 859

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  29. 29 1. Prelude in G Major, BWV 860

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  30. 30 2. Fugue in G Major, BWV 860

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  31. 31 1. Prelude in G Minor, BWV 861

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  32. 32 2. Fugue in G Minor, BWV 861

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  33. 33 1. Prelude in A-Flat Major, BWV 862

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  34. 34 2. Fugue in A-Flat Major, BWV 862

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  35. 35 1. Prelude in A-Flat Minor/G-Sharp Minor, BWV 863

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  36. 36 2. Fugue in A-Flat Minor/G-Sharp Minor, BWV 863

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  37. 37 1. Prelude in A Major, BWV 864

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  38. 38 2. Fugue in A Major, BWV 864

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  39. 39 1. Prelude in A Minor, BWV 865

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  40. 40 2. Fugue in A Minor, BWV 865

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  41. 41 1. Prelude in B-Flat Major, BWV 866

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  42. 42 2. Fugue in B-Flat Major, BWV 866

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  43. 43 1. Prelude in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  44. 44 2. Fugue in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  45. 45 1. Prelude in B Major, BWV 868

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  46. 46 2. Fugue in B Major, BWV 868

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  47. 47 1. Prelude in B Minor, BWV 869

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  48. 48 2. Fugue in B Minor, BWV 869

    Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 1988 & ℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  • Album description
  • As part of Keith Jarrett’s rather extensive project on the works of the Cantor of Leipzig, an interpretation on harpsichord of Livre I from J. S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier was recorded in February 1987 and released in 1988. The recording dates from the same time as this new piano version by ECM New Series recorded 7 March 1987 in Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Of the same fluid drive in terms of the discourse, it holds an irresistible energy and is a particularly welcome interpretation of these invigorating and interpretable fugues (in C flat Major). Everything seems to dance and be in movement (D Major). The same feelings found throughout the polyphonies of pianists such as Tatiana Nikolayeya and Samuel Feinbeg or even a harpsichordist like Gustav Leonhardt are not present here. For Keith Jarrett, Bach represents the triumph of structure, and he plays Bach above all to confront one of his own artistic missions: polyphonic elaboration. The works of the Thomaskantor work as a medium for his own musical creativity as a jazzman and improvisor. The poetry and emotion are nevertheless ever-present. This is a version that will give real pleasure to all lovers of Keith Jarrett’s, allowing the comparison of two interpretations realized within two weeks of each other. Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz 

Details of original recording:

Concert recording, March 7, 1987, at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, New York

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