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Keith Jarrett - Interview + Speech at NEA Jazz Masters Awards 2014
1 Bach: WTC Book 1, Prelude in C Major, BWV 846  
2 Fugue in C Major, BWV 846  
3 Prelude in C Minor, BWV 847  
4 Fugue in C Minor, BWV 847  
5 Prelude in C Sharp Major, BWV 848  
6 Fugue in C Sharp Major, BWV 848  
7 Prelude in C Sharp Minor, BWV 849  
8 Fugue in C Sharp Minor, BWV 849  
9 Prelude in D Major, BWV 850  
10 Fugue in D Major, BWV 850  
11 Prelude in D Minor, BWV 851  
12 Fugue in D Minor, BWV 851  
13 Prelude in E Flat Major, BWV 852  
14 Fugue in E Flat Major, BWV 852  
15 Prelude in D Sharp Minor/E Flat Minor, BWV 853  
16 Fugue in D Sharp Minor/E Flat Minor, BWV 853  
17 Prelude in E Major, BWV 854  
18 Fugue in E Major, BWV 854  
19 Prelude in E Minor, BWV 855  
20 Fugue in E Minor, BWV 855  
21 Prelude in F Major, BWV 856  
22 Fugue in F Major, BWV 856  
23 Prelude in F Minor, BWV 857  
24 Fugue in F Minor, BWV 857  
25 Prelude in F Sharp Major, BWV 858  
26 Fugue in F Sharp Major, BWV 858  
27 Prelude in F Sharp Minor, BWV 859  
28 Fugue in F Sharp Minor, BWV 859  
29 Prelude in G Major, BWV 860  
30 Fugue in G Major, BWV 860  
31 Prelude in G Minor, BWV 861  
32 Fugue in G Minor, BWV 861  
33 Prelude in A Flat Major, BWV 862  
34 Fugue in A Flat Major, BWV 862  
35 Prelude in A Flat Minor/G Sharp Minor, BWV 863  
36 Fugue in A Flat Minor/G Sharp Minor, BWV 863  
37 Prelude in A Major, BWV 864  
38 Fugue in A Major, BWV 864  
39 Prelude in A Minor, BWV 865  
40 Fugue in A Minor, BWV 865  
41 Prelude in B Flat Major, BWV 866  
42 Fugue In B Flat Major, BWV 866  
43 Prelude in B Flat Minor, BWV 867  
44 Fugue in B Flat Minor, BWV 867  
45 Prelude in B Major, BWV 868  
46 Fugue in B Major, BWV 868  
47 Prelude in B Minor, BWV 869  
48 Fugue in B Minor, BWV 869  
49 WTC Book 2, Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 870  
50 Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 871  
51 Prelude and Fugue in C Sharp Major, BWV 872  
52 Prelude and Fugue in C Sharp Minor, BWV 873  
53 Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 874  
54 Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 875  
55 Prelude and Fugue in E Flat Major, BWV 876  
56 Prelude and Fugue in D Sharp Minor, BWV 877  
57 Prelude and Fugue in E Major, BWV 878  
58 Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 879  
59 Prelude and Fugue in F Major, BWV 880  
60 Prelude and Fugue in F Minor, BWV 881  
61 Prelude and Fugue in F Sharp Major, BWV 882  
62 Prelude and Fugue in F Sharp Minor, BWV 883  
63 Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 884  
64 Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 885  
65 Prelude and Fugue in A Flat Major, BWV 886  
66 Prelude and Fugue in G Sharp Minor, BWV 887  
67 Prelude and Fugue in A Major, BWV 888  
68 Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 889  
69 Prelude and Fugue in B-Flat Major, BWV 890  
70 Prelude and Fugue in B-Flat Minor, BWV 891  
71 Prelude and Fugue in B Major, BWV 892  
72 Prelude and Fugue in B Minor, BWV 893  
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In February 1987, Keith Jarrett recorded, on piano, the first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach. It was the first in a series of lauded Bach discs that Jarrett would make for ECM. On March 7, 1987, prior to the release of the studio set, he performed the complete WTC Book I for an audience in upstate New York at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, a venue renowned for its beautiful acoustics. With this release, ECM is presenting an archival live recording of this concert for the first time. When his studio album of the WTC Book I was released, Jarrett's manner in these iconic preludes and fugues surprised many listeners with its poetic restraint, given his renown as a jazz improvisor. But the pianist was deeply attuned to what he called "the process of thought" in Bach; by not imposing his personality unduly on the music, Jarrett allowed the score to shine via the natural lyricism of the contrapuntal melodic lines, the dance-like pulse of the rhythmic flow. These qualities are strikingly apparent in the live recording, with its added electricity of a concert performance.

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