"Bregenz" timeless, "Munich" also good, but with some irritations

"Bregenz" timeless, "Munich" also good, but with some irritations

Concerts-Bregenz / Munich (Audio CD)

Customer Review

With the re-release of "Concerts. Bregenz Munich" met the ECM label many Jarrett fans a heart's desire, only the Bregenz concert on CD but was long from the original 3-LP box years available.
The two performances of Keith Jarrett in the early summer of 1981, were separated by a few days, and yet each situation prevailing style is abundant differently. While dominating in "Bregenz" classical and jazzy lines, but in each case rather harmonious motifs, the Munich concert is stylistically broad and contains not only "strict" neo-classical figures (an anticipation of style layers of "Vienna Concert" and "La Scala" in 1991 or . 1995) also quite free avant-garde passages and even trendy topics.
About "Bregenz" you have to say not much. The image is timeless: Both the two main components as well as "Untitled" and "Heartland," the two encores, are among the best piano interpretations throughout the oeuvre of Keith Jarrett.
"Munich" is much longer; It covers two of the three CDs. Qualitatively this concert ranges considered as a whole for me not quite to the class of "Bregenz" approach. "Part I" I think (along with the second addition) for the best part. Here is heard at the beginning of a very multi-faceted, constantly exciting game before in the middle brings some wasteland with a staccato-like blues for a few minutes. "Part II" (the original second LP side, but for the first set belongs) is initially also very interesting. Later, the first free, experimental phases of the concert irritate. The third part (second set) comes up with a trendy basic motif, in which you want to tune clapping. Later, Jarrett emancipated from this banal issue and developed some wonderful lines and structures, before the motif Pop resumes. "Part IV" has already been re-released on a sampler of Jarrett years ago, but belongs in my opinion probably not in the first category of his masterpieces. From the middle of the Masters, highly experimental manufacture with strings Zupfern and banging on the piano Corpus a sound expansion begins, are audibly out with the fullest physical exertion and passionately this sound generation. The audience likes it, the music, the result is more manageable.
The additions are then much better. "Mon Coeur Est Rouge" is certainly a great piece (which is played in the 2005 "Carnegie Hall Concert" as "Paint My Heart Red" However, even more mature). But still worth listening is the Munich "Heartland" version that is played differently from the Bregenzer variant in a different key and overall deeper. Who has the Bregenzer version in the ear, must first get used and "Listen-", but is then rewarded with wonderful harmonies.
Of course, "Concerts. Bregenz Munich" worth a total of a purchase and also of course five stars.

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