Michelle Makarski / Keith Jarrett - Johann Sebastian Bach | Six Sonatas for Violin and Piano | ECM 2230/31



Michelle Makarski is the violinist here. A player of exceptionally broad interests, committed to ‘classical’ repertoire from the pre-Baroque to New Music, but also experienced in jazz and improvisation, Makarski first came to ECM via Keith Jarrett. She appeared on his New Series album Bridge of Light, recorded in 1993. It featured Makarski as soloist on the “Elegy for Violin and String Orchestra” and as Jarrett’s duet partner on the “Sonata for Violin and Piano”. That recording led to other discs with Makarski at ECM ranging from a series of recital discs – beginning with the solo album Caoine – to experiments with Tomasz Stanko, John Surman and Dino Saluzzi on the prize-winning From The Green Hill, and playing alongside the Hilliard Ensemble in Stephen Hartke’s Tituli.

This is Jarrett’s first ‘classical’ recording since his Mozart Piano Concertos discs of 1996, and only the second occasion on which he has recorded Bach on piano rather than harpsichord. His previous Bach recordings include Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (Buch 1, 1987; Buch II, 1990), Goldberg Variations (1989), 3 Sonaten für Viola da Gamba und Cembalo (1991, with Kim Kashkashian), and The French Suites (1991). Michelle Makarski’s New Series recordings include the recital discs Caoine (1995, with music of Bach, Biber, Hartke, Reger and Rochberg), Elegio per un’ombra (1999, with music of Tartini, Dallapiccola, Berio, Carter and Petrassi) and To Be Sung On The Water (2004, with music of Tartini and Crockett).