Eminent ambassador of the "French touch" of jazz - winner of numerous awards (Django-Reinhardt, Victoires du Jazz, Django d'Or, SACEM jazz awards) - Baptiste Trotignon has been composing for symphony orchestras and classical musicians for several years. The music on this album is not "symphonic jazz", says Trotignon, "but you can hear colors specific to the Afro-American language, whether in the harmonies or in the very motoric rhythms, always in motion (dances, toccatas, grooves...)".

Three pieces are on the program: Anima, his most ambitious piece written to date, not only in its length, but also in its orchestration, its density "and a more assertive desire to make the orchestra sing"; Hiatus and Turbulences, his very first symphonic piece; and finally L'Air de rien, a lighter piece that ends with a tango and to which he adds improvised parts, given its world premiere on June 3 in Besançon with the Orchestre Victor Hugo conducted by Jean-François Verdier.

1-3 Baptiste Trotignon L'Air de rien
4-9 Baptiste Trotignon Anima
10-12 Baptiste Trotignon Hiatus and Turbulences

Published on January 14, 2022 by Alpha classics

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Baptiste Trotignon piano
Victor Hugo Orchestra
Jean-François Verdier conductor


  • 4 stars Classica


La Voix du Nord "The Victor Hugo Franche-Comté Orchestra, conducted by Jean-François Verdier, deploys a beautiful palette of sounds. The work is ample but balanced, full of breath, and the whole disc reveals an authentic musician, skilful orchestrator and composer. A beautiful discovery."

ResMusica " Anima draws a very attractive symphonic portrait on the canvas of Baptiste Trotignon.

Gramophone « This then segues into a quirky tango in the third movement is brilliantly realised and characterised by the Victor Hugo Franche-Comté orchestra under Jean-François Verdier.”

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