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Bach: Goldberg Variations / Jacques Loussier Trio

Release Date: 05/23/2000 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 83479   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jacques Loussier Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This jazz interpretation of Bach's famous aria and 30 variations can't be considered a competing version with performances of the original keyboard work, but as a rendition true to the spirit if not the letter of the original, it is highly enjoyable. The trio, consisting of piano, drums, and bass, colors each variation in a much more distinctive way than would be possible given a straight performance on harpsichord. Some straight-laced listeners might balk, but others will find that the careful and unique interpretation of each individual variation might shed new light on the original. The overall approach is introspective: these are miniature gems, intimate and personal, without being flashy or trashy. The trio, pianist Jacques Loussier in Read more particular, plays as if it really enjoys the music and has a deep feeling for it, carefully polishing and embellishing each variation, respecting the original yet avoiding the kind of reverence that would strip the jazz music-making of its vitality and liveliness. The full-bodied, warm, intimate recorded sound is excellent, and Scott Sandel's cover painting is a perfect touch. [6/25/2000]

--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jacques Loussier Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 

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