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Four Classic Albums (Play Bach, Vol. 1 / Play Bach, Vol. 2 / Play Bach, Vol. 3 / Jacques Loussier Joue Kurt Weill) [Remastered]
 
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Four Classic Albums (Play Bach, Vol. 1 / Play Bach, Vol. 2 / Play Bach, Vol. 3 / Jacques Loussier Joue Kurt Weill) [Remastered]

13 Oct. 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 13 Oct. 2013
  • Release Date: 13 Oct. 2013
  • Label: AVID Entertainment
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 AVID Ltd
  • Total Length: 2:18:11
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  • ASIN: B00FS0NX7Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,025 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GLF on 8 Dec. 2013
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Jacques Loussier's Play Bach Vol 1, 2 & 3 are something of a revelation to me. I encountered the "Play Bach" trio many years after they started and marvelled at how they could play Jazz on what is considered to be classical music. But then many claim that Bach was the first Jazz musician as he weaved endless variations out of the themes he used, so perhaps the leap wasn't that great. However, I had never heard the original 3 recordings that gave the trio its reputation and looked forward to doing so.

In an interview about 10 years ago Jacques admitted he was attracted by the Modern Jazz Quartet's approach to Jazz - ie Jazz from a classical perspective. To my ears I heard the similarity between the groups, but never made the obvious connection.

I was hoping that the Kurt Weill recording would be something of an unearthed treasure revealing an early departure of the trio into Jazz on a composer other than Bach. I'm afraid I found this part of the release somewhat of a disappointment. The Jazz, to my ears is minimal, and seems to bear a closer connection with cabaret music. Hence I have reduced my rating by one star.

Jacques Loussier continues today to play Jazz on Bach and numerous other classical composers, but this release has allowed me to hear and enjoy the original recordings that started everything and brought world wide fame to the trio. Avid as always have brought together an enjoyable collection of recordings by an artist with extensive recording information, even (as is the case of the Kurt Weill recording included here) if some of it is in French.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Caton on 20 Mar. 2014
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This is a strange pair of CDs, a reissue of the first 3 "Play Bach" albums and also one with Loussier playing Kurt Weill - this is really something (I am ashamed to say it reminds me of a Pickwick LP called "Honky Tonk Classics" which marks me for a pleb)
Jacques Loussier is still active and has rerecorded the Play Bach numbers in considerably better sound, but these mono transfers are remarkably clean and the sound quality extremely good..... And I wanted to replace some of my tatty LPs.....
FWIW you'll find the "Hamlet cigar" music on PB3.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Oct. 2013
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Loussier studied music at the Paris Conservatoire, and in 1959 formed his Trio with Christian Garros on drums and Pierre Michelot on bass. The following year they began a series of albums based on compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, which were marketed as jazz. A cross-over genre between classical music and jazz was far from a new concept, as witness for example Eddie Lang's guitar transcription of the Rachmaninoff Prelude Opus 3 No. 2, or Jelly Roll Morton's transformation of "La Miserere" from "Il Travatore". Such recordings were usually isolated examples, which respected the original intention, but Loussier applied his formula to Bach's works with unremitting zeal, and scant regard for the original score. His novelty approach aroused some criticism from both camps, but it was popular with the general public, and a version of "Air on the G String" became the theme for a long-running series of cigar adverts on British TV.

I was looking forward to hearing whether these recordings had withstood the test of time, but listening again my reaction was one of disappointment. Having carved out his niche, Loussier deserves to be compared with legitimate interpreters of Bach, and exponents of the jazz piano, but on either count I find him wanting. Furthermore, the addition of a rhythm section to Bach's wonderful contrapuntal compositions seems quite superfluous, and undermines the effect they were intended to create. The Bach approach seems to have been retained deliberately for the Kurt Weill album. Overall, the end result is a curious hybrid, which is neither fish nor fowl. That said, I suspect that my view will be in a minority and that Loussier's many fans will grab the chance to replace their worn vinyl with this generous new compilation.
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By spottydog on 22 Feb. 2014
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A fantastic album in four distinct parts. Enjoyable listening. Well done Jacque Loussier.
A good combination of skills. Would highly reccomend.
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By S. Ihadi on 25 Dec. 2013
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I love the double CD. Much better than I expected. And at a great price that can't be beat. Do not miss this one.
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By J. Wheeler on 28 Oct. 2013
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Excellent choice of music. Covers many musical variations of his work. Very nice to have all these complete in a 2 CD album.
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