Friday, July 31, 2015

Jacques Loussier Trio - Satie: Gymnopedies / Gnossiennes

Those who know Jacques Loussier from his Play Bach Trio, where he imparts a highly personal touch to the music of J. S. Bach, may have been surprised when he attacked Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons last year. Now he has taken another unexpected turn with Erik Satie, Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes. This development may be seen as a kind of progression from the strict logic - albeit eminently suited to improvisation - of Bach through the more expressionistic Vivaldi to Satie, the most impressionistic of these three composers. On the face of it, Satie is perhaps easier to interpret in a jazz idiom since the original music is closer to the forms of modern jazz than that of Bach and Vivaldi. But Loussier produces an equally masterful interpretation in all cases, maintaining an exquisite balance between his own invention and the essence of the original music. Although this record carries the sub-title `Compositions of Jacques Loussier on Themes of Erik Satie', the compositions! ! are at all times recognisably Satie as much as they are Loussier. The technical showmanship associated with many of Loussier's Bach interpretations, and indeed with his Vivaldi, is here exchanged for a gentleness that pervades most of the music on the disc. The mastery of the keyboard is still there, of course, but appears more as musical expression than agility and brilliance. André Arpino on drums complements Loussier's piano as always with sensitive and imaginative percussion, while Benoit Dunoyer de Segonzac, new to the trio on bass, shows himself a worthy member of the group. If you know and love Loussier, buy this disc. If you know and love Satie, buy this disc. And if you don't know either, buy the disc anyway - it is one of the greats. - by Francis Markey, Amazon.com

Artist: Jacques Loussier Trio
Album: Satie: Gymnopedies / Gnossiennes
Year: 1998
Label: Telarc Jazz
Runtime: 51:41

Tracks:
1.  Gymnopédie No. 1 / Var. 1 4:35
2.  Gymnopédie No. 1 / Var. 2 4:32
3.  Gnossienne No. 3 4:25
4.  Gnossienne No. 6 5:22
5.  Gnossienne No. 2 4:16
6.  Gymnopédie No. 1 / Var. 3 5:03
7.  Gnossienne No. 4 7:08
8.  Gnossienne No. 5 4:12
9.  Gymnopédie No. 1 / Var. 4 4:32
10.  Gnossienne No. 1 3:52
11.  Pas A Pas 3:44

Personnel:
Jacques Loussier (Piano)
Benoit Dunoyer de Segonzac (Double Bass)
André Arpino (Drums)

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