Keith Jarrett

Samuel Barber - Bela Bartok - Piano Concertos (ECM 2445)

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Samuel Barber - Bela Bartok - Piano Concertos

Keith Jarrett

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ECM 145380

ECM 2445



Samuel Barber - Bela Bartok - Piano Concertos

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Keith Jarrett plays Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto op. 38 and Béla Bartók’s Piano Concerto no. 3. These recordings, made in 1984 and 1985 in Saarbrücken and Tokyo, make a significant addition to the pianist’s discography as an interpreter of notated music. Jarrett’s recordings of classical repertoire for ECM have focused primarily on Bach and Mozart, though there are also exemplary albums of Handel’s keyboard music, and Shostakovich’s Bach-inspired Preludes and Fugues as well as a crucially important contribution to Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa. Playing Fratres alongside Gidon Kremer, Jarrett’s participation would help to bring a then little-known Estonian composer to world attention. It was a richly creative period. Jarrett had just launched the jazz group with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette that would become known as the Standards Trio and in parallel was giving classical recitals, and continuing with his solo piano improvisations. Splitting his time between jazz standards, the vast literature of classical music and free playing, Jarrett was juggling three different musical disciplines. But as Paul Griffiths points out in his liner note for Barber/Bartók/Jarrett there are some points of overlap.

Keith Jarrett: piano

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken
Dennis Russell Davies: director

New Japan Philharmonic
Kazuyoshi Akiyama: director

Recorded on June 3, 1984 at Congresshalle, Saarbrücken & January 30th, 1985 at Kan-i Hoken Hall, Tokyo


Samuel Barber: Piano Concerto, op. 38
1. Allegro appassionato
2. Canzone. Moderato
3. Allegro molto

Béla Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3, Sz 119
4. Allegretto
5. Adagio religioso
6. Allegro vivace

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