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Over the past 40 years, Keith Jarrett has come to be recognized as one of the most creative musicians of our times - universally acclaimed as an improviser of unsurpassed genius; a master of jazz piano; a classical keyboardist of great depth; and as a composer who has written hundreds of pieces for his various jazz groups, plus extended works for orchestra, soloist, and chamber ... Read more in Amazon's Keith Jarrett Store

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  • Audio CD (May 9, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B0000261JN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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1. Spheres (1st Movement)
2. Spheres (4th Movement)
3. Spheres (7th Movement)
4. Spheres (9th Movement)

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Hymns/Spheres, the original double LP from which the four pieces here are drawn, was perhaps too long and somewhat self-indulgent, and ultimately risked tedium. Yet the album contained some of the most transcendent music Keith Jarrett has recorded. In 1976, he came upon the mighty Trinity Organ, built by Karl Joseph Riepp (1710-1775) at the Benedictine Abbey in Ottobeuren, and proceeded to extend its already awesome capabilities by experimenting with partial openings of its stops. The result was an array of eerie tonalities with which he could accomplish a memorable contribution to the long tradition of organ improvisation. The opening section of the nine-part "Sphere" (four selections of which comprise this release) is a grand, piercing, and elevating summoning of shadowy recesses of the spirit, and of their liberation in devotion to whatever one's gods. --Peter Monaghan

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ray on June 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Recorded in September 1976 at Ottobeuren Abbey, W.Germany- and a unique diversion from his earlier works- Keith Jarrett paint's a beautifully evocative, sad, and poignant landscape of sound (both beautifully harmonic and wonderfully dissonant) on the "Trinity Organ", the larger of the Karl Joseph Riepp (1715-1775) Organs at the Benedictine Abbey Ottobeuren. According to the original album liner notes: "No overdubs, technical ornamentations or additions were utilized, only the pure sound of the organ in the abbey is heard. Many of the unique effects, although never before used, were accomplished by pulling certain stops part way, while others remain completely open or closed. Amazingly, baroque organs have always had this capability."

These pieces have always affected me in a deep and reflective way (to me the music is both sad and uplifting) and 20 years after initially purchasing the double-album on ECM (originally titled "Hymns Spheres" Catalog# ECM-2-1086) the music still has the same affect.

Sadly, two pieces -the original recording's opening and closing compositions titled "Hymn Of Remembrance" and "Hymn Of Release"- were ommitted, probably due to time constraints. Still, I highly recommend "Spheres" although I wish ECM released this work intact as a double-CD release.

- Ray

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2002
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Yes, this is really an amazing performance. Shards of sound, whispers of melody, great atmospherics. At times the music reminds me of Ligeti pieces like "Atmospheres"; music that is more about color and dynamics rather than melody and counterpoint. Jarrett coaxes just about every imagineable sound out of a baroque organ, with its myriad of tone colors and strange intonation.
This CD is actually a severely truncated version of the LP set "Hymns/Spheres", which was at least twice the length of this release (only 4 of 9 movements of "Spheres" are on the CD, and the two lengthy "Hymns" are missing). I would assume that the reason is that ECM figured not enough people would buy the complete set on CD, but this is my official request for them to
release this set in its entirety.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve Rose on September 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
A hauntingly beautiful and mysterious work. Jarrett basically 'reinvents' the baroque organ with this masterpiece of purely improvised material. Both melancholic and spiritually up-lifting, it is a pity that the entire set was not completely released.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shane on April 9, 2000
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This is it. I originally purchased the Hymns/Spheres 2 LP set in the 80s in a used record store while looking for some of Jarrett's jazz titles. When I listened to it I found a work so phenomenal and inspiring that it changed my musical tastes forever. I have been listening to this recording off and on for years, yet its depth and complexity only seem to improve with age. Initially almost atonal to the uninitiated, the familiar ear sees only the purest serenity. This is easily my favorite work (by anyone, any genre) of all time. If anyone at EMI is listening, please do the right thing and release a remastered, unedited version again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nick Zoa on February 19, 2000
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If there were a fire in my house, this is the one CD I would save. In my opinion, this is the most spriritually inspiring piece of music of the late 20th century. Improvised organ music may not be everyone's cup of tea. But for some of us, the rich joyous sounds of this unique album can transport the listener to great heights. If this CD were a drug, it would probably be illegal.
The original double LP is superior to this CD because it includes all the movements.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kohn on January 11, 2003
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Everyone's review is right on the money--this CD is an overlooked masterpiece. I bought it in 1997 and it has been my favorite record ever since. Track down the double CD with all 9 movements as well as "Hymn of Remembrance". The entire collection is beautiful. The music is sublime--I've never heard music like it in my life. At the same time, its energy stems from the same place that all of Keith's musical energy comes from. Fans of classical organ music might also find this CD interesting for its technical ingenuity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ziggy on October 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard this recording in a record store in ann arbor back in '78 I was mesmerized. To this day I feel that this is Keith Jarretts most interesting and profound work. It has for me an effect similar to gazing into a sky filled with stars which can be both moving and frightening at the same time.
I own the LP ,which others reviewing have mentioned includes several other pieces, so I submit another request to please, please release the full performance of this wonderful music on CD.
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