After the Rain...The Soft Sounds of Erik Satie

After the Rain...The Soft Sounds of Erik Satie

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by Pascal Rogé
     
 

Erik Satie, the early 20th-century French composer, was an odd bird indeed: A mad collector of umbrellas, he was famous for his obscene jokes and for his spare, curious musical works, which were surprisingly influential. Satie's lunar music hardly needs to be played with any extra strangeness, and happily, the French pianist PascalSee more details below

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Erik Satie, the early 20th-century French composer, was an odd bird indeed: A mad collector of umbrellas, he was famous for his obscene jokes and for his spare, curious musical works, which were surprisingly influential. Satie's lunar music hardly needs to be played with any extra strangeness, and happily, the French pianist Pascal Rogé offers a clear and straightforward rendition of some of the composer's greatest hits. Rogé gives us the melancholy and lyrical "Gymnopedies," the set of six "Gnossiennes," and a surprise music-hall hit Satie wrote called "Je te veux" (played here in its version for piano). This is a warm and endearing collection, and it's hard to get "Frencher" than this. As someone once said: "The French they are not like you and me." And Satie proved it once and for all.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
If you think the title After the Rain is silly, wait until you get to the subtitle: "The Soft Sounds of Erik Satie." Oh, well, never mind titles and subtitles: it is ultimately the music and performance that make or break the disc and, in this case, the music and performances are both superb. Satie was, of course, the utterly unclassifiable composer who wrote pieces that are easy and hard, cold and hot, ironic and sentimental, ancient and modern, sublime and mundane. Pascal Rogé is, of course, the French pianist with a virtuoso technique (which, in a French pianist, is rare), a beautiful tone (which, in a French pianist, is typical), and superb taste (which, in a French pianist, is inevitable). In this set of "Gymnopedies," "Gnossiennnes," "Nocturnes," and other short and improbably named works, Rogé shows that tone and taste triumph over technique, that is, that Rogé plays with precisely voluptuous tone and objectively subjective taste, but wholly without drawing attention to himself. The result is one of the best Satie recordings ever made. Decca's '90s digital sound was as warm and cool as the music itself.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/1996
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028944495829
catalogNumber:
444958
Rank:
20860

Tracks

  1. Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy)  - Erik Satie  - Pascal Rogé  - Michael Shef  - Eric Calvi
  2. Gnossiennes (6), for piano  - Erik Satie  - Pascal Rogé  - Michael Shef  - Eric Calvi
  3. Nocturnes (5) for piano  - Erik Satie  - Pascal Rogé  - Michael Shef  - Eric Calvi
  4. Avant-dernières pensées (Next-to-last thoughts), pieces (3) for piano  - Erik Satie  - Pascal Rogé  - Michael Shef  - Eric Calvi
  5. Pièces froides (Cold Pieces), pieces (6) for piano  - Erik Satie  - Pascal Rogé  - Michael Shef  - Eric Calvi
  6. Rêveries nocturnes (2), for piano  - Erik Satie  - Pascal Rogé  - Michael Shef  - Eric Calvi
  7. Prélude de La Porte héroïque du ciel (Prelude to "The Heroic Gate of Heaven"), incidental music for piano (or orchestra)  - Erik Satie  - Pascal Rogé  - Michael Shef  - Eric Calvi

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