Solo Piano: Impressions on Chopin's Nocturnes

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Jacques Loussier has made a career out of playing classical themes in a jazz setting. Born in France in 1934, he came to fame in the late 1950s with his Play Bach Trio, a group that stayed together 20 years, transforming the themes of Bach into creative and melodic jazz. Since then he has put together another trio in which he interprets not just the music of Bach but Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Satie and other classical giants. This set which is subtitled Impressions on Chopin's Nocturnes is a bit of a departure in that Loussier performs Fryderyk Chopin's 21 nocturnes as unaccompanied piano solos. "Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op, 9., No. 2" is the most famous of these ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Jacques Loussier has made a career out of playing classical themes in a jazz setting. Born in France in 1934, he came to fame in the late 1950s with his Play Bach Trio, a group that stayed together 20 years, transforming the themes of Bach into creative and melodic jazz. Since then he has put together another trio in which he interprets not just the music of Bach but Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Satie and other classical giants. This set which is subtitled Impressions on Chopin's Nocturnes is a bit of a departure in that Loussier performs Fryderyk Chopin's 21 nocturnes as unaccompanied piano solos. "Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op, 9., No. 2" is the most famous of these melodies although a few of the other nocturnes may be familiar even to non-classical listeners. Generally Loussier states the right-hand melody while altering the patterns written for the left-hand, and then builds from there. The essence of Chopin's music is retained while Loussier is free to improvise his own ideas based on the themes. Most of his interpretations are gentle and subtle while never neglecting the rich melodie,s and the treatments are at times slightly reminiscent of early film music and ragtime. Classical purists may not love this approach but they should be thankful, for Jacques Loussier has consistently introduced the beauty of classical music to jazz listeners. This is a very enjoyable set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408360220
  • Catalog Number: 83602
  • Sales rank: 128,287

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jacques Loussier Primary Artist, Piano, Soloist
Technical Credits
Jacques Loussier Arranger, Producer
Frédéric Chopin Composer
Robert Woods Executive Producer
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
Philippe Laffont Engineer
Patricia Dussaux translation, Liner Note Translation
Alyn Shipton Liner Notes
Elizabeth Note Producer
Todd Brown Mastering
Gila Fox translation, Liner Note Translation
Jean-Philippe Laffont Engineer
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