Now available in multi-channel SACD as well as the CD recording! In his career-long quest to reinterpret classical music by filtering it through his unique jazz sensibility, pianist Jacques Loussier—who celebrates his 70th birthday this year—takes on the work of Frederic Chopin in Impressions of Chopin's Nocturnes, his new release on Telarc.
Taking a cue from Chopin himself, who maintained a passionate commitment to the piano as the primary—and often the only—voice in his compositions, Loussier eschewed his usual trio setting for this recording and instead opted for a solo piano format in an effort to remain as true as possible to Chopin's original vision.
"This album represents a new color in my recordings," Loussier says in his liner notes. "For the music of Chopin, which is so focused on the piano itself, I did not feel that it was appropriate to use the bass and drums. He is a composer who always wrote principally for the piano, and he was so devoted to the idea of it as a solo instrument that it did not seem suitable to change this focus, once I had decided to use his Nocturnes as the basis for my own musical explorations."
As with his previous recordings that have recast the work of classical composers (Beethoven, Bach, Debussy, Ravel and others) in a jazz setting, Loussier uses