Jacques Loussier Plays Bach - Encore!
CAT # 83671-25
DISC ONE 1. Little Fugue in G minor 2:53 2. Concerto in F minor BWV 1056: Allegro 4:46 3. Concerto in F minor BWV 1056: Largo 3:20 4. Concerto in F minor BWV 1056: Presto 5:19 5. Bach: Concerto in C minor, BWV 1060: I. Allegro 5:35 6. Bach: Concerto in C minor, BWV 1060: II. Adagio 5:37 7. Concerto in C minor BWV 1060: Allegro (3rd movement) 5:34 8. Bach: Partita in B-flat major, BWV 825: Andante-Allemande 7:10 9. Bach: Partita in B-flat major, BWV 825: Courante 3:45 10. Bach: Partita in B-flat major, BWV 825: Sarabande 5:34 11. Bach: Partita in B-flat major, BWV 825: Minuet I 3:45 12. Bach: Partita in B-flat major, BWV 825: Minuet II 2:09 13. Bach: Partita in B-flat major, BWV 825: Gigue 5:32 DISC TWO 1. Loussier: Concerto for Violin and Percussion: Prague 9:31 2. Loussier: Concerto for Violin and Percussion: L'Homme ne 4:35 3. Loussier: Concerto for Violin and Percussion: Buenos Aires, Tango 4:53 4. Loussier: Concerto for Violin and Percussion: Tokyo 6:55 5. Loussier: Tableaux venitiens 10:13 6. Loussier: Trumpet Concerto: Allegro 9:26 7. Loussier: Trumpet Concerto: Slow 7:38 8. Loussier: Trumpet Concerto: Finale 4:24
Jacques Loussier recorded this two-disc collection in 1991 and 1992 with his newly formed Play Bach Trio – just a few years after he disbanded his original trio in the early 1980s and took an extended break from performing to instead focus on composing and recording. The set as a whole spotlights Loussier’s numerous strengths as both a jazz innovator and a classical composer. The main disc features his new trio, assembled in the late ’80s after the hiatus, delivering innovative jazz renditions of J.S. Bach compositions: Little Fugue in G Minor, Concerto in F Minor, Concerto in C Minor, Partitia in B-flat Major. “It’s obvious that this is music that could never have been played by the original group,” says jazz critic Alyn Shipton, who penned the liner notes. “The years away had allowed Jacques to rethink his music, not only bringing new sounds such as rock rhythms and Caribbean inflections into his work, but combining his improvisations with more genuinely new writing of his own.”
The bonus disc features original classical compositions by Loussier, in which he stays true to the sound of a chamber orchestra, using the string textures familiar from his immersion in the music of the baroque era, but also brings in contemporary resonances, both in the solo parts and in the percussion contributions. “This double album,” says Shipton, “represents a demonstration of Loussier’s coming of age as a composer and the doubly enriched outcomes of his contemplative years away from the limelight, both as player and composer.”
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