Keith Jarrett ‎– Hymns Spheres

ECM Records ‎– ECM 1086/87, ECM Records ‎– 2641 086
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo

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Published by Cavelight Music, BMI/ AMRA

Recorded September 1976 at Ottobeuren Abbey, W.Germany

"These improvisations were recorded on the "Trinity Organ", the larger of the two Karl Joseph Riepp (1710–1775) organs at the Benedictine Abbey Ottobeuren.

No overdubs, technical ornamentations or additions were utilized, only the pure sound of the organ in the abbey is heard.
Many of the unique effects, although never before used, were accomplished by pulling certain stops part way, while others remain completely open or closed.

Amazingly, baroque organs have always had this capability."

(notes on cover, uncredited)

An ECM Production
℗ 1976 ECM Records GmbH

2LP set, Textured Gatefold cover

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A Side): ST ECM1086-87-A
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side): ST ECM1086-87-B
  • Matrix / Runout (C Side): ST ECM1086-87-C
  • Matrix / Runout (D Side): ST ECM1086-87-D
  • Rights Society (on vinyl labels): GEMA
  • Rights Society (Cavelight Music): BMI/ AMRA
  • Label Code: LC 2516

Other Versions (5 of 9) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
2641 086 Keith Jarrett Hymns Spheres(2xLP, Album, Mono, Gat) ECM Records 2641 086 Brazil 1976 Sell This Version
ECM-2-1086 Keith Jarrett Hymns Spheres(2xLP, Album) ECM Records ECM-2-1086 US 1976 Sell This Version
PA-7164~65 Keith Jarrett Hymns Spheres(2xLP, Album, Gat) ECM Records PA-7164~65 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
58.004/S Keith Jarrett Hymns Spheres(2xLP, Album, Ltd) ECM Records 58.004/S Brazil 1980 Sell This Version
ECM 1086/87, 371 8391 Keith Jarrett Hymns Spheres(2xCD, Album, RE) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1086/87, 371 8391 Germany 2013 Sell This Version



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February 9, 2018
What do you do when you are one of the top jazz pianists in the word in the mid 70s? You go out on tour and play your hits? Not if you're Keith Jarrett. You go to Germany and play a big old pipe organ and release it on record, a double too mind you! There is something haunting about this music though and while it's not going to be on constant rotation it has it's charms.