J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

The Bach Book-40th Anniversary Album

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Jacques Loussier
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Jacques Loussier Trio
Soloists:Vincent Charbonnier, Bass
Andre Arpino, Drums
Individual Works:Prelude #1, C Major
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, D major
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Gavotte in B minor
Concerto in D Major for Harpsichord
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Telarc Jazz
Catalog Number:CD83474
Year Released/Recorded:1999
Total Playing Time:not long enough
Comments:Paul Raphaelson said:

I just bought my fourth copy of this . . I'm giving it to everyone. I've been into Bach's music for a long time now (have accumulated versions of the Brandenburg Concertos and Cello Suites, etc. etc., have cultivated different feelings and opinions toward all of them . .) but this is the first time I feel like I've heard Bach played right. I'm not kidding. I've met a few 'purists' who think this music should be played like a wind-up music box, without a hint of rubato or embelishment (soul?), and I find myself more and more taking the diametrically opposed view. I'll go out on a limb and say the only reason Bach isn't considered a jazz artist (one of the greats, maybe the greatest, maybe the first?) is that the word haden't been invented yet. Everything points to his scores as sketches, or at least as examples to be varied and built upon (remember, he was considered a great improviser in his day, and most of his music was written for ensembles that would be under his supervision . . so why do we follow the letter of of his notation at the expense of the spirit?) . . but enough of my theorizing. Whatever you think Bach is about, Loussier's interpretations are beautiful, alive, epiphanic. Musicianship is as good as it gets (Charbonnier's bass grooves bring me to my knees), surprises are everywhere, and the whole record is steeped in soul. It's approachable and easy to listen to, also, so even non Bach-afficionados and non jazz-heads will like it. It's just pure, good music. Jump in.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Paul Raphaelson
Date First Submitted:05/05/2000