Those expecting grand arrangements of Bach's famous Brandenburg Concertos (as Loussier should well be able to provide) will probably be disappointed here. This is a rather modest, almost sketchy affair, where, according to the cover notes, Loussier has attempted to reduce Bach to the essence rather than adding to him as previously. Well, this music rarely swings, it hardly sings, and there is very little joy to be found - how could this ever be the essence of Bach? I deeply respect Loussier's desire to expand borders and renew himself and dearly love every single one of his previous Bach records that I have heard. This time, the results fall curiously flat, at least to this pair of ears. Where Loussier usually has me running to enjoy the original Bach versions as well as his own, here he just makes me wish to hear the original instead. I really feel he should have left the Brandenburgers alone until he was ready to tackle them with his full powers.