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Beyond Bach: Other Composers I Adore Double CD

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  • Audio CD (28 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00JQ0J5Z6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Vivaldi: Concerto No. 2 in G minor Summer: Allegro con Molto
  2. Vivaldi: Concerto No. 2 in G minor Summer: Adagio
  3. Vivaldi: Concerto No. 2 in G minor Summer: Presto
  4. Satie: Gymnopedie No. 1, Variation 1
  5. Satie: Gnossienne No. 1
  6. Handel: Passacaglia
  7. Scarlatti: Sonata No. 22 in B minor
  8. Ravel: Bolero
  9. Debussy: Clair de lune
  10. Debussy: Arabesque

Disc: 2

  1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7: Allegretto, Theme
  2. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7: Allegretto, Variation 2
  3. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7: Allegretto, Variation 5
  4. Mozart: Concerto No. 23 in A major: Allegro
  5. Mozart: Concerto No. 23 in A major: Adagio
  6. Mozart: Concerto No. 23 in A major: Allegro assai
  7. Schumann: Of Foreign Lands and Peoples
  8. Schumann: Dreaming
  9. Chopin: Nocturne No. 5
  10. Chopin: Nocturne No. 11
  11. Chopin: Nocturne No. 14
  12. Chopin: Nocturne No. 20

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In a career that spans more than a half century, pianist and composer Jacques Loussier has built an enormous body of work by blurring the lines between classical and jazz and selling more than six million albums worldwide in the process. Telarc celebrates Loussier's 80th birthday (on 26 October 2014) with the release of two collections that provide a cross section of his masterful fusion of classical tradition with the jazz idiom.

'My Personal Favorites: The Jacques Loussier Trio Plays Bach' and 'Beyond Bach: Other Composers I Adore' are two specially priced 2CD sets, each with tracks chosen by Loussier himself as personal favourites. Beginning in 1959 with his Play Bach Trio, and later with alternate lineups that explored numerous other classical artists, Loussier and his various collaborators forced musicians and audiences of both jazz and classical music to re-evaluate the boundaries - and indeed the similarities - between their respective genres.

'Beyond Bach' includes Loussier's interpretations of pieces by Vivaldi, Satie, Debussy, Mozart, Chopin and others. The Vivaldi concerto here demonstrates how successfully Loussier applied his jazz approach to a classical composer. Instead of the strong harmonic development of J.S. Bach, with its affinities to jazz structure, Vivaldi deals in songlike melodies. The Debussy album, meanwhile, remains "the masterpiece of the latter-day trio," says jazz historian Alyn Shipton, author of the liner notes for both collections. "Listen to 'Clair de Lune,' and revel in its liquid beauty as you join Jacques in celebrating his 80th birthday."

Personnel: Jacques Loussier (piano), Vincent Charbonnier, Benoit Dunoyer de Segonzac (bass), André Arpino (drums)

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Every so often – not as often as one would wish – an awesome performance of a masterwork is performed by a rare and extraordinary talent that completely blows away everything that went before. Such rare occurrences can be counted on ones fingers – The Royal Ballet’s 2014 visionary performance of ‘Don Quixote’ as realised and choreographed by Carlos Acosta and danced by Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta (available on BluRay); Itzhak Perlman’s performance of Sarasati; and the two stunning interpretations of ‘The four seasons’ – one performed by Nigel Kennedy – the other by Jacques Loussier - being perfect examples of what I mean.

THIS fabulous double-CD compilation contains just such performances from the maestro JACQUES LOUSSIER to celebrate his EIGHTIETH birthday!

When one watches an opera or ballet, or listens to a performance of a masterwork, one requires TWO things to be in place – a moving interpretation of the masterwork one wishes to savour and relish in its splendour and magnificence, and SONIC FIDELITY to capture ALL of the nuances and dynamics that the performers deliver. THIS CD compilation delivers BOTH in SPADES!

ASIDE: This is a 24 bit MASTER RECORDING and it may not play on 14 bit CD players - but it should play OK on DVD players and BluRay players.

Here Jacques Loussier and his trio create beautifully expressive and very moving interpretations of the music of Vivaldi; Satie; Handel; Scarlatti; Debussy; Beethoven; Mozart; Schumann; and Chopin as they take you on a deeply moving spiritual journey where jazz meets classical in an explosion of breathtaking virtuoso performances that will have you spellbound and in awe from the very first note.
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Mainly a classical follower, I still enjoy this interpretation very much. Jacques Loussier, of course, understands the classics, expertly. The result is that his interpretations of standard classical works are intelligent and sympathetic. He also adds wholly original comment to the music, where a lesser musician might have exploited the originals and detracted from them in the process. The actual performance, of course, is pretty immaculate. Unless you have a particularly blinkered view of music, you should enjoy this CD and probably derive something new and previously unobserved from the music.
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A wonderful CD with amazingly detailed information included. I enjoyed the variety as JL was playing the music of so many different composers
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I have been a fan of Jacques Loussier since his music first appeared back in the sixties. My original records have been replaced by these digitally remastered masterpieces. Brilliant.
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