The LA times on “The Bach effect” – Oct. 9, 2013
“Francesco Tristano, a 29-year-old pianist from Luxembourg, made two Bach CDs for DG. Neither has been released in the U.S., but that need not stop us. They can be ordered over the Internet or downloaded from the French site, http://www.qobuz.com, in riveting high-definition .
The most recent disc combines Bach with his contemporary Buxtehude and Tristano’s own music (he is a jazz and pop pianist and composer as well). The playing is brilliant.
But more intriguing is the earlier “bachCage,” which goes back and forth between Bach, Cage and Tristano with the additional twist of electronically-enhanced reverb and other effects that make for a startlingly effective and original sonic glue.
This is hardly pure Bach. It is pure Tristano, and he is an original. Anything goes, to be sure, but the ingredients and how they’re used do make a difference.”