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Händel: Suites for Keyboard

George Frideric Handel , Keith Jarrett Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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listen13. Handel: Harpsichord Suite Set I No.8 in F minor, HWV 433 - 1. Prélude - Fuga 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Performer: Keith Jarrett
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B000025XCW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOMAGE TO HANDEL July 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Jarrett's recording of seven attractive Handel suites is, well, just delicious. His pianism, always at the service of the composer, is consistently lyrical, never rushed or hectic, with textures warm and rich. Each suite holds its own bounty, all of which Jarrett mines to the fullest. The pianist's jazz background complements the music, imbues it with a depth and humanity rarely found, especially in baroque keyboard. As well, it's more than apparent that Jarrett has made a conscious effort to get completely "inside" the composer, completely "inside" the music. He has succeeded incredibly well.
Sample, for instance, his swirling, beautifully wrought playing of the opening Prelude from Suite 1, No. 1 (HWV 426), the purity of the following Allemande, and the yearning wistfulness of the Courante. Or feel the breathtaking melancholy of the opening Adagio of Suite 1, No. 2 (HWV 427). And the particular beauty Jarrett imparts to the Prelude-Fuga of Suite 1, No. 8 (HWV 433) is absolutely not to be missed. This is playing of such tenderness and honesty that it silences criticism, pays homage to Handel and offers us the most unusual kind of musical blessing.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, Handel Perfectly Played on Piano December 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a terrific disc, well-filled(74 minutes), well recorded and wonderfully played. I am particularly grateful that Mr. Jarrett chose to use his piano, rather than the harpsichord he has been accustomed to use on his other baroque recordings. It is much more expressive. Only the piano could really bring out the warm-heartedness of many of the Handel melodies recorded here, as well as the power of some of the fugues. This disc is one of a kind and certainly worth keeping!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very unique February 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This CD is wonderful because I have never heard Haendel played like this - Baroque meets the Koeln concert. Without depriving Haendel's music of its period appeal, Jarrett is able to infuse it with his absolutely unique keyboard style. Furthermore the pieces fit together so well that they seem to form a natural melodic progression that the listener soon wants to continue forever. A wonderful set of music!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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There is no need to belabour the excellences of Keith Jarrett's performances of Handel's keyboard suites. The playing has the lyrical flow that other Amazon.com and Amazon.ca reviewers almost unanimously praise so lavishly and so rightly; even when Jarrett choses at times to play somewhat détaché, he never pokes, bangs, or thumps, as so many other keyboard players tend (whether on the piano or the harpsichord) to do. The phrasing of the music is so beautifully delineated that one simply would have to look long and far, indeed, to find the equal!

The way that Jarrett plays the suites in E minor and in A major alone would be worth the price of this disc, but the entire CD is a delight from beginning to end. However, in the other suites, there occasionally is all of that gentle reflectiveness that characterises his playing, in his own improvisational music and in classical repertoire alike, at the expense of the spritelier movements' humour and dash, the tempi at times just a tad too slow to maximise the brio of such sections, but all is forgiven for the sheer musicality and utter lack of pedantry of what one has to endure elsewhere in the performances of "early music specilists" or of some aggressive thwackers of Baroque keyboard music (especially in the music of Handel's contemporary, J.S. Bach) such as Weissenberg and (too much of the time) Gould.

The fugues in these suites simply surpass what praise can heap upon them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jarrret rides again February 20, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This disc proves once again beyond a shadow of a doubt that Keith Jarrett could have had a sensational career as a classical pianist. When one listens to the vast amount of bilge that is served up by would-be classical pianists, one appreciates all the more the versatility and depth of Jarrett and his musicianship. His Bach is superb, his Shostakovich is even better, and his Handel is in a class by itself. It equals Richter's. Bravo.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy Jarrett Handels Handel June 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Keith Jarrett's deft and sensitive hand brings Handel's keyboard music to life in a way that will make late Baroque fans drop whatever else they are doing and just let the music flow over them. The music just flows out of the speakers and over the listener in an uninterupted stream. This is superb stuff. Jarrett's sensitive interpretations take the mathematical precision of baroque and interprets it with a touch of the romantic era that follows the classical period just over the horizon. Yet, Jarrett remains true to the baroque idiom. The recording is clean and crisp, even on a high-quality stereo system.
This is one of my favorite CDs. In fact, I think I'll slip it into the disk drive.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost, but now is found! September 13, 2001
By Suzanne
Format:Audio CD
Last week I took on the monumental task of sorting my CDs. The case for Keith Jarret's take on Handel's Piano Suites was empty! "It'll show up sooner or later", I told myself, but secretly I panicked, for every few weeks I have to have my Handel/Jarrett fix. I was stunned the first time I heard Jarrett's great jazz concert from Koln decades ago and thought that Jarrett was surely a mystic at heart since his solo improvisions are like very personal meditations transposed directly to his medium. So when I heard he was coming out with this disc in 1995 I rushed to get it. How I love this collection...I was thrilled not only at a new Handel keyboard performance, but at its quality. Tender but disciplined, clear almost transparent playing, yet sharp and technically clean. When I found it today in a case with Rachel Podger's recording of Bach's Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas (also a brilliant recording by the way - she plays the baroque violin with a passion that is unique to her), I was elalted and thought that if I thought so much of this recording I should put my mouth where my money was. Jarrett/Handel...made for each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Played and Beautifully Recorded
This has long been one of my favorite CDs. These suites are well worth knowing. Handel's gorgeous sense of melody and counterpoint are on full display as Keith Jarrett plays them... Read more
Published 3 months ago by TF
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Rich, Beautiful
You may already know that Keith Jarrett spends most of his time playing jazz piano, taking a break every few years to record some classical music. This CD is one of my favorites. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul Q. Kucera
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Piano Music!
Keith Jarrett is known as a great Jazz piano player. Well, let me share with you that he is also a great classical music player too. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a month goes by
Jarrett's take on Handel is superb. I have well over 6,000 cds collected covering just about every category of music you can think of. Read more
Published 9 months ago by soypinon
4.0 out of 5 stars "..it IS good."
I don't pretend to know enough about Handel's harpsichord music to say whether or not this is a worthy artistic achievement; I leave that to the purists. Read more
Published 15 months ago by BP
5.0 out of 5 stars All time favorite... Jarrett delivers authenticty
This is Handel in perfection.

Make no mistake, this is a CD for playing not for theory, although I am sure many piano masters could learn from Jarret's form. Read more
Published on June 25, 2011 by Sablefoste
4.0 out of 5 stars Handel Suites a great buy
This is a comprehensive collection of keyboard works that deserve to be better known - many of them are gems of great beauty, and accessible to the amateur player like myself.
Published on June 28, 2010 by Rathcol
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
Beautiful music, masterfully performed; brings peace of mind with a desire to be attentively quiet.
Published on April 7, 2010 by Manuel Nunez
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterwork which hasn't received the credit and attention it would...
Keith Jarrett reminds and illustrates with this CD how much Johann Sebastian Bach was influenced by Friedrich Handel. Read more
Published on April 11, 2008 by David Nawabi
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful
I was surprised, but not too, to discover that this nonpareil jazz keyboardist has been generating "classical" (or in this case Baroque) albums. Read more
Published on April 26, 2007 by Joel Marks
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