Jacques Loussier : Play Bach

Jacques Loussier : Play Bach


Jacques Loussier (piano), Pierre Michelot (bass), Christian Garros (drums, percussion)

Decca 40500

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Prelude No. 1 en Ut Majeur (Präludium Nr. I C-Dr)
A2 - Fugue No. 1 en Ut Majeur (Fuge Nr. I C-Dur)
A3 - Prelude No. 2 en Ut Mineur (Präludium Nr. 2 C-Moll)
A4 - Fugue No. 2 en Ut Mineur (Fuge Nr. 2 C-Moll) 
B1 - Toccata & Fugue en Re Mineur (Toccata und Fuge D-Dur)
B2 - Prelude No. 8 en Re Diese Mineur (Präludium Nr. 8 E-Moll)
B3 - Prelude No. 5 en Re Majeur (Präludium Nr. 5 D-Dur)
B4 - Fugue No.5 en Re Majeur (Fuge Nr. 5 D-Dur)

Recorded in 1959

As long as 60 years ago, at a time when Pop and Classical music were strictly separated from one another, Jacques Loussier’s “Swinging Bach” thrilled both friends of Baroque music and jazz lovers alike. Other musicians have tried, and are still trying, to jump on this modern “Bach band wagon” – but not one of them has achieved anything like the international success of the French trio.
“Play Bach” is to be taken at its word. If Prelude, Fugue or Toccata is on the label – then that’s what one gets: the melodies and the harmonic structure of Johann Sebastian’s original works are largely left untouched – you always know where counterpoint stops and groove sets in. Just as in Bach’s day the keyboard is at the fore, but the double bass also has a good share of the polyphony, and the finely nuanced percussion swings along as though it has no cares in the world and adds its own sparks of fire to pearl-like scale passages.
What better way to bring the Bach Year to an end than with the re-release of the first Loussier album? The first of Bach’s 48 Preludes and Fugues shows how it began – just as they show how Jacques Loussier began.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com