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Händel: Suites For Keyboard / Keith Jarrett


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 445298   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Keith Jarrett
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...while purists might claim that the jazz pianist Keith Jarrett’s disc of Handel’s keyboard suites is an example of the wrong performer on the wrong instrument, his straightforward conception and contrapuntal clarity underscore the solid foundation on which Handel’s most flamboyant fantasies were built." - Steve Smith, NEW YORK TIMES "...while purists might claim that the jazz pianist Keith Jarrett’s disc of Handel’s keyboard suites is an example of the wrong performer on the wrong instrument, his straightforward conception and contrapuntal clarity underscore the solid foundation on which Handel’s most flamboyant fantasies were built." - Steve Smith, NEW YORK TIMES Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Harpsichord in G minor, HWV 452 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Keith Jarrett (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  State University of New York, Purchase 
Length: 9 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Harpsichord in D minor, HWV 447 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Keith Jarrett (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  State University of New York, Purchase 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
Suite for Harpsichord in B flat major, HWV 440 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Keith Jarrett (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  State University of New York, Purchase 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4.
Suite for Harpsichord in F minor, HWV 433 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Keith Jarrett (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  State University of New York, Purchase 
Length: 12 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5.
Suite for Harpsichord in F major, HWV 427 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Keith Jarrett (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  State University of New York, Purchase 
Length: 9 Minutes 19 Secs. 
6.
Suite for Harpsichord in E minor, HWV 429 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Keith Jarrett (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  State University of New York, Purchase 
Length: 13 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7.
Suite for Harpsichord in A major, HWV 426 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Keith Jarrett (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  State University of New York, Purchase 
Length: 12 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Harpsichord Suite in A, HWV 426: IV. Gigue
Harpsichord Suite in F minor, HWV 433: III. Courante

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Daring, Fresh, Spirited December 29, 2015 By GS Checora See All My Reviews ""There is a sort of exuberant intimacy that scintillates with Jarret’s every articulation, a solemn poetry that undercuts much of the flowery prose for which Händel is more often appreciated. The opening Allemande of the Suite in G Minor is characteristic of the whole, seeming to leapfrog Bachian counterpoint while maintaining its own melodic robustness. Indeed, the buoyancy of Jarrett’s Allemandes throughout distinguishes him from hunt-and-peck performers who seem content with relatively forced segregations of bonded lines." "In the presence of Händel, Jarrett is in top form. He pours his telescoped dynamics, fluidity of playing, and impeccable sense of rhythm (shown to greatest effect in the mid-tempo movements) into an attentively ordered program of quiet splendor. One need bring expectations of neither composer nor performer, but simply bask in the music’s ability to work its way into the bloodstream of a stressful day." Excerpt of review by TYRAN GRILLO" Report Abuse
 Oh my! August 14, 2012 By Thomas  Slover See All My Reviews "Mr. Jarrett's motto might be, "I could have been a pianist, but I wound up here." Persons who know nothing about Classical music will probably think this disc is good. A little like Wynton Marsalis and, briefly, Benny Goodman, pop/jazz "musicians" should stay away from the classics. Ditto for Keith Jarrett. It takes years of difficult study to learn how to interpret the Masters. One doesn't get this by noodling around with lesser music. You may laugh. You may cry. Just don't buy this one." Report Abuse
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