Michala Petri & Keith Jarrett – Bach Sonatas (1992)

FrontCover1Michala Petri (born July 7, 1958) is a Danish recorder player. Her debut as a soloist was in 1969. She is the step-granddaughter of Danish actress Ingeborg Brams.

Petri, who began playing the recorder at the age of three, is noted for her virtuosity and versatility across a wide range of styles, from the baroque repertoire of the height of the instrument’s popularity to contemporary works written particularly for her. She first played on Danish Radio at the age of five, and her debut performance as a soloist was at Copenhagen’s Tivoli concert hall in 1969 when she was 11.

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She has performed premiers of dozens of works, by Malcolm Arnold, Gordon Jacob and Richard Harvey, as well as Daniel Börtz, Erik Haumann, Hans Kunstovny, Erling Bjerno, Thomas Koppel, Ove Benzen, Vagn Holmboe, Piers Hellawell, Gary Kulesha, Asger Lund Christiansen, Egil Harder, Michael Berkeley, Butch Lacy, Miklos Maros, Ezra Laderman, Jens Bjerre, Henning Christiansen, Niels Viggo Bentzon, Axel Borup Jørgensen, and Gunnar Berg. She performed Vittorio Monti’s Csardas with comedian-pianist Victor Borge at his eightieth birthday. She called that by far the hardest challenge of her professional career.

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She married guitarist and lutenist Lars Hannibal in 1992. Although they divorced in 2010 they still perform together and have given over 1,500 concerts and made numerous recordings.[1] Together they founded the record company OUR Recordings. Petri has taken a particular interest in the combination of recorder and guitar, collaborating with guitarists including Göran Söllscher, Kazuhito Yamashita and Manuel Barrueco. One notable collaboration of hers was two albums of sonatas by J. S. Bach and G. F. Handel, with Keith Jarrett on harpsichord; she has also recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, and Pinchas Zukerman, among many others.

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Petri studied with Prof. Ferdinand Conrad at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, partly because she was still too young to become a full-time student in Denmark. She gave a debut recital for BBC radio in March 1976, and the BBC released a recorded recital in 1977. Leo Black’s sleeve note for this recording remarks, “one realises what can happen when a mighty talent starts young enough.” Her mother is Hanne Petri, who studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, and her brother, David Petri, won the Danish “Young Musician of the Year Award” in 1978. He is a cellist. Both have recorded with Michala as The Petri Trio (or Michala Trio). In 1979 she began an exclusive recording contract with Philips Records that lasted until 1987; she is currently recording on the RCA Red Seal label. (wikipedia)

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Keith Jarrett (born May 8, 1945) is an American jazz and classical music pianist and composer. Jarrett started his career with Art Blakey and later moved on to play with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis. Since the early 1970s, he has also been a group leader and solo performer in jazz, jazz fusion, and classical music. His improvisations draw from the traditions of jazz and other genres, including Western classical music, gospel, blues, and ethnic folk music.


His album, The Köln Concert, released in 1975, became the best-selling piano recording in history. In 2008, he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in the magazine’s 73rd Annual Readers’ Poll.

In 2003, Jarrett received the Polar Music Prize and was the first recipient to be recognized with prizes for both contemporary and classical music. In 2004, he received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize.


In February 2018, Jarrett suffered a stroke and has been unable to perform since. A second stroke, in May 2018, left him partially paralyzed and unable to play with his left hand. (wikipedia)


Amd jere a wonderful collaboration:

I live with this Music. The only reason I “ration”myself to only play this album once a week is: I don’t ever want it to get stale–it’s that beautiful & special…Note: to Recorder-players, J.S. Bach doesn’t seem to have written as “meatily” for the recorder as has G.F. Handel–Bach’s countryman. The harpsichord builds up an interesting polyphony of chords, themes, etc., but the melodies carried by the Recorder seem very plain & straight foreward, compared to those in the Handel album—also recorded by this pair… (by Lepus Aquaticus)


Keith Jarrett (harpsichord)
Michala Petri (recorder)



3 Sonatas with Harpsichord Obbliato:

Sonata BWV 1030:
01. Andante 8.17
02. Largo e dolce 3:28
03. Presto 1:25
04. Allegro 4.04

Sonata BWV 1031:
05. Allegro moderato 3:07
06. Siciliano 2.02
07. Allegro 3:59

Sonata BWV 1032:
08. Part I 4.31
09. Part II 2.50
10. Part III 4:02

3 Sonatas with Basso Continuo

Sonata BWV 1033
11. Andante – Presto 1.35
12. Allegro 2.11
13. Adagio  1.40
14. Menuetto I & II 2.39

Sonata BWV 1034:
15. Adagio ma non tanto 2.57
16. Allegro 2.22
17. Andante 3.08
18. Allegro 4.16

Sonata BWV 1035:
19. Allegro ma non tanto 2.19
20. Allegro 2.52
21. Siciliano 3.32
22. Allegro assai 2.56

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach



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