Jacques Loussier Before Seven

This morning, as usual, I was woken this morning by the breakfast programme on BBC Radio 3. There is a regular slot called Bach Before Seven which I always listen to despite the risk of harpsichords. This morning I was delighted that the choice was an arrangement of Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach played by the Jacques Loussier Trio. It might have been a much for some classical purists, but I liked it a lot.  Bach’s music is so beautifully constructed that it can stand being pulled around in all sorts of ways.

If you’re of a certain age (like) me you might  also remember that happiness is a cigar called Hamlet but not remember who played the tune. It was, fact, Jacques Loussier and his trio doing their take on the so-called Air on the G String, also by  Johann Sebastian Bach And before you get too sanctimonious and music-hysterical about this version, I’ll just add that it is well known that Bach enormously enjoyed improvisation. Many jazz musicians of my acquaintance really love Bach’s music, and I have a sneaking feeling the great man would have enjoyed this take on his composition!

Ps. Coincidentally Sunday’s Azed crossword offered this clue for 19 down:

“One re-interpreting Bach, central duo halved, more unsatisfactory (7)”



4 Responses to “Jacques Loussier Before Seven”

  1. Jameson Garnett Says:

    Question from curious (uneducated) astronomy guy…. is it correct to say that light provides heat to massive objects.. or is it more accurate to say that light itself IS heat?? I’ve never understood that. When I read physics articles it’s as if heat especially in relatively low ranges (100F etc..) is viewed as a separate energetic element from light itself. I feel like that is a flawed assertion and that really, all heat is simply varying wavelength/frequencies of light. Just curious no real weight to the question, appreciate it if you take the time to respond.

    • telescoper Says:

      Not sure what this has to do with Jacques Loussier…

    • telescoper Says:

      It would be more correct to say that heat and light are both forms of energy. Heat is energy associated with the motion of atoms and molecules; light is energy in the form of electromagnetic radiation. When matter interacts with light it can heat up, as energy is converted between these two forms.

  2. Michael Kenyon Says:

    There was a fun programme on BBC radio recently where Bach interpretations in popular music were highlighted. This lot got a mention https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN3Vbh5mHbM

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