The music from this performance in Milan's great opera house, however, never fails to move me. After about 15 minutes of sedate beauty, Jarrett appears to hit a wall to some listeners' ears, but the tentative mid-section of La Scala Part 1 works just fine for me as a refreshingly minimal interlude that gradually builds in ritualistic intensity. It then falls back again before finally bursting into the stream of notes that will build up the triumphant final five minutes (remind anyone of Köln Pt. I?).
La Scala Part 2 finds Jarrett suitably re-energised to take off on a more knotty, abstract flight. Round about the halfway mark, this coalesces into a more melodic, flowing, cruising altitude. Jarrett then settles down to ten minutes of music that must rank among the most wondrous ever to have come from the fingers of this, or any other pianist (final bit of crazy notwithstanding). As the cherry on the top of this, we get five minutes of Over The Rainbow that would melt the hardest of hearts. Agelessly beautiful stuff.
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