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Jacques Loussier Trio: Baroque Favorites

Baroque music often is forced to dwell in the background at parties with aspirations, but when played and listened to properly its drama emerges, thanks in large part to its exciting, decisive rhythms. A proper appreciation of the music’s rhythmic strength gives it the thrust necessary to achieve grandeur and pathos.

Jacques Loussier smoothes out these rhythms for jazz’s sake in his newest Telarc release, which is titled Baroque Favorites but features some less-well known works tossed in with the inevitable Pachelbel “Canon in D Major” and Albinoni “Adagio in G Minor,” and the smoothing-out is what dooms the disc.

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