Barber / Bartok - Piano Concertos
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Label: ECM New Series
Cat No: 4811580
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 11th May 2015
WorksPiano Concerto, op.38
Piano Concerto no.3, BB127, Sz119
Nothing but a dream
ArtistsKeith Jarrett (piano)
Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Saarbrucken
New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorsDennis Russell Davies
For much of the 1980s, Keith Jarrett balanced his improvisational activities with performances of classical music and contemporary composition. Here, with concert recordings from the middle of that decade, he is heard playing Barber’s Piano Concerto and Bartók’s Piano Concerto No.3, and rising to the challenges of these major works.
The New York Times praised Jarrett’s playing of the Barber concerto with Dennis Russell Davies in this period (“a sinewy, vigorously lyrical performance...both sensitive and strong”), and the Bartók with Kazuyoshi Akiyama was most enthusiastically received in Japan.
After the Tokyo Bartók performance, Jarrett returned alone to the stage of the Kan-i Hoken Hall to play a touching improvised encore, also documented on this recording.
The album includes liner notes by Keith Jarrett and Paul Griffiths, both of which illuminate the pianist’s own relationship with the music of these great composers.
These recordings, made in 1984 and 1985 in Saarbücken and Tokyo, make a significant addition to the pianist’s discography as an interpreter of notated music. This historical album of music by Barber, Bartók and Keith Jarrett himself is one of two discs issued to celebrate the pianist's 70th birthday (which falls on 8th May 2015).
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