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

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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 Rog? 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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/1996
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028944495829
  • Catalog Number: 444958
  • Sales rank: 9,691

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy) - Erik Satie & Pascal Rogé (8:21)
  2. 2 Gnossiennes (6), for piano - Erik Satie & Pascal Rogé (19:15)
  3. 3 Nocturnes (5) for piano - Erik Satie & Pascal Rogé (13:19)
  4. 4 Avant-dernières pensées (Next-to-last thoughts), pieces (3) for piano - Erik Satie & Pascal Rogé (3:45)
  5. 5 Pièces froides (Cold Pieces), pieces (6) for piano - Erik Satie & Pascal Rogé (15:25)
  6. 6 Rêveries nocturnes (2), for piano - Erik Satie & Pascal Rogé (3:24)
  7. 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 (4:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pascal Rogé Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect blend of emotion and skill

    So far, best piano album I've heard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the best

    if you are looking for a soothing piano music, this is it. Pascal Roge is at his best here. Beautifully performed and recorded. Highly recommended.

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