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Jacques Loussier Trio: Bach's Goldberg Variations
Johann Sebastian Bach, Jacques Loussier Trio, Jacques Loussier
Jacques Loussier Trio: Bach's Goldberg Variations
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Classical
 
French pianist Jacques Loussier has seemingly forged an entire career out of arranging classical compositions for his jazz trio. He's done a disc of Satie and Vivaldi works, even recording Ravel's Bolero. So, trying Bach's...  more »

     
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All Artists: Johann Sebastian Bach, Jacques Loussier Trio, Jacques Loussier
Title: Jacques Loussier Trio: Bach's Goldberg Variations
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Telarc
Original Release Date: 5/23/2000
Release Date: 5/23/2000
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Classical
Styles: Europe, Continental Europe, Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Baroque (c.1600-1750), Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 089408347924, 089408347924

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French pianist Jacques Loussier has seemingly forged an entire career out of arranging classical compositions for his jazz trio. He's done a disc of Satie and Vivaldi works, even recording Ravel's Bolero. So, trying Bach's Goldberg Variations, full of jazzy time signatures and loaded with improv possibilities, makes perfect sense for the pianist. And Loussier delivers what may be his most exciting outing to date. Rather than expand upon Bach's original miniatures, Loussier maintains their integrity, keeps each piece short, but varies their rhythms (thanks in part to the great bass playing of Benoit Dunoyer de Segonzac). On a handful of variations--a dizzyingly fast Five, a Latin-infused Variation Eight, and a punchy 14--he really lets loose. Since the Swingle Singers tackled Bach in the 1960s, many a jazz musician has arranged the music of the composer. This disc is one of the most compelling. Want an even wilder set of Goldbergs? Try jazz pianist Uri Caine's instrumentally omnivorous, jaw-dropping set. --Jason Verlinde

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CD Reviews

Bach on jazz!
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 07/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a sensational, witty and wondrous adaptation into the universe of Goldberg Variations, and anticipating myself to purists opinions, I find very acceptable and worthy to listen, despite all the stylistic concessions it undeniable owns.

On the other hand, this evidence confirms what we have so many times stated: Bach is the oldest musician of the future and as the cosmic level of this everlasting genius and carves in relief the genius is always contemporary.

The most important aspect to remark, probably resides in the fact this "pagan version" if I may, securely became an informal invitation for many listeners who still had not crossed over to the universe of the academic music, and because of it they did it, at last.

Recommended, even for the academic purists.
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It doesn't get any better than this
D. M. Tate | Alexandria, VA United States | 11/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Jacques Loussier has always been a genius, but this has to be his greatest triumph yet. Aria and 30 variations, each distinctly and unmistakably 'authentic' in form, melody, harmony, and mood -- and yet each a masterpiece of classic jazz interpretation. From the latin pointillism of Variation 4 to the flat-out boogie of the Aria, it's all pure music, pure enjoyment, pure love of Bach and of jazz.

The performances are perfect; the arrangements inspired; the experience unsurpassed. What more could anyone want? And to top it all off, the tempi and voicing are clearly in homage to Glenn Gould's late recording of the Variations, which has its own different kind of perfection."
Bach is Alive again !!
Dihelson Mendonca | CRATO- BRAZIL | 07/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Reading the reviews made by some Terrible critics of Chick Corea playing Mozart, I guess what they'd write here about this...indeed, Corea played very well.
On this work, Jacques Loussier Trio is fine and was necessary to give more perspectives to Bach works, as played today by "machine pianists", as I call frozen classical dead blind pianists. That's why this CD is so fantastic. It revives Bach. Bach is Alive. Bach is Fun, sometimes, poetic. I hate those interpretations in which the interpreter always plays Bach as a machine, as if he hadn't feeling! Bach is JOY!.
And this Joy is certainly delivered here.
Buy This CD. Five Stars on it!"