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  • Audio CD (11 Jun. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00000J5Z4
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bolero - Maurice Ravel
  2. I. Allegro - Maurice Ravel
  3. II. Andante - Maurice Ravel
  4. III. Vivace - Maurice Ravel
  5. IV. Largo - Maurice Ravel
  6. V. Presto - Maurice Ravel
  7. VI. Cantabile - Maurice Ravel
  8. VII. Prestissimo - Maurice Ravel

Disc: 2

  1. Introduction - Jacques Loussier Trio
  2. Prelude In C Major - Jacques Loussier Trio
  3. Air On A G String - Jacques Loussier Trio
  4. Toccata And Fugue in D Minor (Excerpt) - Jacques Loussier Trio
  5. Introduction - Jacques Loussier Trio
  6. Spring: II. Largo - Jacques Loussier Trio
  7. Summer: III. Presto - Jacques Loussier Trio
  8. Introduction - Jacques Loussier Trio
  9. Gymnopedie No. 1/Variation 1 - Jacques Loussier Trio
  10. Gymnopedie No. 1/Variation 2 (Excerpt) - Jacques Loussier Trio
  11. Pas A Pas - Jacques Loussier Trio
  12. Introduction - Jacques Loussier Trio
  13. Bolero (Excerpt) - Jacques Loussier Trio

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Jazz pianist Jacques Loussier who is renowned for his interpretations of the classical repertoire covers two very different aspects of impressionism on this mid-price reissue. As well as his interpretation of Ravel's Bolero there are seven short original compositions that were inspired by Claude Monet's paintings of waterlilies. Loussier's resourceful ability to dance between the borders of jazz and classical music gives this recording an enduring appeal.

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A good technical recording, but it might not please those listeners who are committed to the Bach variations. In my view it improves with familiarity. Certainly it was more agreable on the third and subsequent playing. However there is always a risk that if a recording fails to appeal on it's debut it may not be played again. I doubt that it will achieve the popularity of the earler Loussier recordings.
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This has to be the worst CD from this otherwise marvellous pianist. Maybe I'm getting old, or I'm too familiar with Play Bach, but I am a pianist, and I don't like this, or his original composition...not one little bit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Jacques Loussier Trio continues to evolve 22 Sept. 1999
By Dennis M. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I suppose it's only fair that someone should pare Ravel's sumptuous Bolero down to a piano trio, considering the considerable mileage that Ravel got out of doing the opposite (such as orchestrating Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition). Loussier and company do a sensational job, producing a riveting, swinging version that's got some genuinely mysterious and exotic moments. Drummer Arpino's extended solo about 2/3 of the way through deserves special attention for both its subtlety and intensity.
As if that wasn't enough, we finally get a chance to hear Jacques Loussier the composer. His wonderful harmonies are saturated with echoes of the great French (and Swiss) composers, but all of the pieces also have that wonderfully lilting spontaneous quality that he has brought to all of his previous recordings. Let's hope he keeps producing new material.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music Only, Please! 28 July 2000
By Henry Cataldo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The music on this CD is fantastic. But why the verbal introductions to selections on CD-2? I want to play the CD often, but don't want to hear the verbal intros each time. Why wasn't this text simply included in the album printed stuff?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Repeated Listening 25 July 2009
By Karl W. Nehring - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yes, this two-CD set (for the price of one) really does include a piano trio version of Ravel's "orchestration without music," which I guess means what we have here is an "arrangement without music." No, this is not a piece I would want to listen to all the time, but it is an interesting arrangement, and the rest of the music on the first CD, a Loussier composition titled Nymphéas, inspired by the paintings of Monet. The music is impressionistic and attractive, worth repeated listening. The recording quality is excellent, not as overblown as it had seemed to be on the group's previous Telarc release, which was based on the music of Erik Satie.

The second CD of this set is a bonus disk on which Loussier goes through his previous recordings and explains the musical approach that led him to make a career of playing jazz arrangements of classical music. Yes, this second disk is something of a marketing ploy to get people to purchase his other Telarc disks; but no, I don't really mind, because this second disk stands on its own as an informative and entertaining production, and Telarc charges nothing extra for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ravel's Bolero 31 Aug. 2012
By Rolando V. Arango - Published on Amazon.com
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I did not believe that, given the countless interpretations of Bolero, anyone could dream up of a way to make it fresh, listenable and, most importantly, exciting. Well, Jacques Loussier did it! The trio used its unique interpretative style to give the work new life and reason to listen to it again and again.
Rolando Arango
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Previn OWNS this piece IMHO 11 Mar. 2010
By Thomoz - Published on Amazon.com
I first heard this one on a sampler 45 back in the day (1980).
Angel was touting their digitally mastered vinyl and the conclusion of "Bolero"
was one of the four tracks featured. To this day, the Previn reading
is definitive for me - the percussion sounds so otherwordly, the tempo so appropriate,
the recording so dynamic and tonally sympathetic to the instruments.
When kids (under 25 y.o.) come over to my store {Feed Your Head, Atlanta GA)
and want to tip their toe into classical, I recommend this.

No one hearing this goes away "unmoved".
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