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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

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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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The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
1. Prelude in C Major, BWV 846
00:02:03

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

2
2. Fugue in C Major, BWV 846
00:01:49

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

3
1. Prelude in C Minor, BWV 847
00:01:53

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

4
2. Fugue in C Minor, BWV 847
00:01:32

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

5
1. Prelude in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848
00:01:17

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

6
2. Fugue in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848
00:02:08

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

7
1. Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849
00:02:19

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

8
2. Fugue in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849
00:04:03

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

9
1. Prelude in D Major, BWV 850
00:01:12

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

10
2. Fugue in D Major, BWV 850
00:01:33

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

11
1. Prelude in D Minor, BWV 851
00:01:43

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

12
2. Fugue in D Minor, BWV 851
00:01:58

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

13
1. Prelude in E-Flat Major, BWV 852
00:04:02

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

14
2. Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 852
00:01:38

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

15
1. Prelude in D-Sharp Minor/E-Flat Minor, BWV 853
00:03:37

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

16
2. Fugue in D-Sharp Minor/E-Flat Minor, BWV 853
00:04:38

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

17
1. Prelude in E Major, BWV 854
00:01:21

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

18
2. Fugue in E Major, BWV 854
00:01:08

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

19
1. Prelude in E Minor, BWV 855
00:01:40

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

20
2. Fugue in E Minor, BWV 855
00:01:00

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

21
1. Prelude in F Major, BWV 856
00:00:54

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

22
2. Fugue in F Major, BWV 856
00:01:22

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

23
1. Prelude in F Minor, BWV 857
00:01:47

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

24
2. Fugue in F Minor, BWV 857
00:03:54

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

25
1. Prelude in F-Sharp Major, BWV 858
00:01:27

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

26
2. Fugue in F-Sharp Major, BWV 858
00:01:35

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

27
1. Prelude in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 859
00:00:51

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

28
2. Fugue in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 859
00:02:45

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

29
1. Prelude in G Major, BWV 860
00:00:48

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

30
2. Fugue in G Major, BWV 860
00:02:42

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

31
1. Prelude in G Minor, BWV 861
00:01:37

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

32
2. Fugue in G Minor, BWV 861
00:01:52

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

33
1. Prelude in A-Flat Major, BWV 862
00:01:10

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

34
2. Fugue in A-Flat Major, BWV 862
00:02:22

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

35
1. Prelude in A-Flat Minor/G-Sharp Minor, BWV 863
00:01:09

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

36
2. Fugue in A-Flat Minor/G-Sharp Minor, BWV 863
00:02:24

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

37
1. Prelude in A Major, BWV 864
00:01:03

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

38
2. Fugue in A Major, BWV 864
00:01:55

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

39
1. Prelude in A Minor, BWV 865
00:01:05

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

40
2. Fugue in A Minor, BWV 865
00:04:20

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

41
1. Prelude in B-Flat Major, BWV 866
00:01:18

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

42
2. Fugue in B-Flat Major, BWV 866
00:01:24

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

43
1. Prelude in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867
00:02:47

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

44
2. Fugue in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867
00:03:45

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

45
1. Prelude in B Major, BWV 868
00:00:54

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

46
2. Fugue in B Major, BWV 868
00:01:52

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

47
1. Prelude in B Minor, BWV 869
00:05:16

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

48
2. Fugue in B Minor, BWV 869
00:07:07

Keith Jarrett, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer - Tom McKenney, Mixer, Recording Engineer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

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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