Wonderful review in today's Wall Street Journal about a new recording by Keith Jarrett and Michelle Makarski of Bach's Six Sonatas for Violin and Piano. The journal examines the difference between Jarrett's approach to Jazz and Bach, how Bach, even though the composer relied on improvisation, it was an entirely different of imporvisatiuon.
Mr. Jarrett's musical life as an active improviser, he suggests, frees him of the compulsion to add something extra when he turns to Bach, a fellow improviser. That includes heart-on-your-sleeve emotion—though, in its honest search for Bach's voice, the recording conveys both passion and tenderness. "I don't think Bach would appreciate what Christopher Hogwood once called 'teardrop' style," Mr. Jarrett says. "On early instruments, expressivity depended on how good your pitch was, and how graceful you could be. Michelle and I are pretty direct players," he adds, "but I think we understand grace."