Satie: The Complete Solo Piano Music

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Fulfilling the promise of an earlier "teaser" album entitled The Magic of Satie, Jean-Yves Thibaudet presents this five-disc survey of the eccentric Frenchman's complete works for solo piano. Like Thibaudet's complete sets of the solo music of Ravel and Debussy, Satie is a tour de force, filled with lucid pianism that is as graceful as it is dignified. While few would argue that Satie's music approaches the heights of his contemporaries, he was certainly a free spirit -- often wonderfully, even bizarrely so -- whose singular voice continues to captivate eight decades after his death. And though other complete Satie sets have appeared over the years notably Aldo ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Fulfilling the promise of an earlier "teaser" album entitled The Magic of Satie, Jean-Yves Thibaudet presents this five-disc survey of the eccentric Frenchman's complete works for solo piano. Like Thibaudet's complete sets of the solo music of Ravel and Debussy, Satie is a tour de force, filled with lucid pianism that is as graceful as it is dignified. While few would argue that Satie's music approaches the heights of his contemporaries, he was certainly a free spirit -- often wonderfully, even bizarrely so -- whose singular voice continues to captivate eight decades after his death. And though other complete Satie sets have appeared over the years notably Aldo Ciccolini's, it's indeed a pleasure to have a modern one from a pianist of Thibaudet's stature. His collection is organized partly chronologically, partly thematically the five discs are cleverly imprinted in order with the letters of the composer's name, beginning with the earliest works from the 1880s and '90s, which, oddly enough, also remain the most popular. Thibaudet's readings of the "Gymnopédies" and "Gnossiennes" are plainspoken yet graceful and poised -- terms that well suit this collection as a whole. Thibaudet includes the newly published seventh "Gnossienne" -- as well as several other recent additions to the Satie catalogue. The second disc brings further youthful works, including the curious theme and variations called "Vexations," which is to be performed 840 times in succession -- a task that could take up to a full day. Prudently, Thibaudet offers merely three repetitions. The third disc moves on to music composed during Satie's student years at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, as well as works from the 1910s and '20s, including the six Nocturnes and "Cinéma" from 1924, a piano reduction of the composer's very last work, written for a cinematic ballet interlude. The fourth disc takes in Satie's "fantasies" -- whimsical, nonconformist works that include, par exemple, a set of preludes dedicated to a dog. The fifth disc wraps up the set with assorted sundries written throughout Satie's life, ending with the fun and fanciful "Rag-Time Parade" from 1917. The sound is detailed yet not too close up, though it varies somewhat in quality, and Thibaudet's clear-cut, elegant playing allows Satie's curiously compelling music to speak for itself. An essential Satie set.
All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
Jean-Yves Thibaudet has undertaken the complete solo piano works of another late nineteenth/early twentieth century French composer: Erik Satie. This even includes a sample of "Vexations," that theme and two variations that Satie instructs to be played slowly, 840 times. It's interesting to compare Thibaudet's interpretations of these works with those of Aldo Ciccolini, who was one of Thibaudet's teachers. Overall, Thibaudet gives a less-Romantic interpretation, with less overt emotion and more introverted abstraction, but it is not overly academic. The music hall pieces, such as "Je te veux" and "Le Piccadilly" have a good dancing tempo that doesn't give often to rubato. In places, repeated figures and phrases do not vary much in speed or volume, which is how most musicians are instructed to add interest to repeated motives. On the other hand, the "Enfantines" pieces, written for children to play, are performed with a great deal of subtle sensitivity. Indeed, Satie's particular and sometimes peculiar performance notes are made for interpretations as individual as each performer and are what make his music difficult to perform. Thibaudet certainly skillfully conveys his interpretations to the listener, with minimal additional explanation needed in the liner notes. Most often, what you hear is what the title of the work implies. One note on the sound quality: at the end of the second disc in the music hall pieces, the sound quality between the tracks is noticeably different, as if they were made on different pianos or in different studios.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947362029
  • Catalog Number: 000023002
  • Sales rank: 15,972

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Sarabandes (3) for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (18:14)
  2. 4–6 Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy) - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (10:10)
  3. 7–12 Gnossiennes (6), for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (19:38)
  4. 8 Gnossienne, for piano No.7 - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (4:51)
  5. 9 Petite ouverture à danser, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (1:11)
  6. 15–20 Pièces froides (Cold Pieces), pieces (6) for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (12:37)
  7. 16 The Dreamy Fish (Le poisson rêveur), incidental music for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (5:29)
  8. 17 The Angora Ox, for piano (reconstructed by Johny Fritz) - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (7:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Allegro, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (0:18)
  2. 2 Valse-ballet, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (1:42)
  3. 3 Fantaisie-valse, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (2:01)
  4. 4 Fête donnée par des chevaliers normands en l'honneur d'une jeune demoiselle, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (3:56)
  5. 5–8 Ogives (4), for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (11:44)
  6. 6 Première pensée Rose + Croix, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (1:09)
  7. 7 Leitmotiv du Panthée, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (0:47)
  8. 11–13 Sonneries de la Rose + Croix, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (16:00)
  9. 14–22 Danses gothiques (9), for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (12:37)
  10. 15 Pages mystiques (3), for piano: Vexations - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (3:38)
  11. 16 Modéré, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (1:08)
  12. 17 Verset laïque et somptueux, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (1:11)
  13. 18 Je te veux (I Want You), café-concert song for voice & piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (5:11)
  14. 19 Tendrement, valse chantée for voice & piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (3:43)
  15. 20 Poudre d'or (Gold Dust), for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (4:27)
  16. 21 La diva de l'Empire, song for voice & piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (2:14)
  17. 22 Le Piccadilly, march for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (1:32)
  18. 23 La belle excentrique, "serious fantasy" for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands): Légende californienne - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (1:34)
  19. 24 La belle excentrique, "serious fantasy" for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands): 1. Marche franco-lunaire - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (2:28)
  20. 25 La belle excentrique, "serious fantasy" for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands): 2. Valse du "Mystérieux baiser dans l'œil" - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (2:34)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Passacaille, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (2:45)
  2. 2 Prélude en tapisserie, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (3:40)
  3. 3 Fugue-valse, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (1:43)
  4. 4–6 Nouvelles pièces froides (New Cold Pieces), for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (6:37)
  5. 5 Fâcheux example, counterpoint excercise for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (0:48)
  6. 6 Désespoir agréable, counterpoint excercise for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (0:35)
  7. 9–10 Deux choses: 1. Effornterie, 2. Poésie, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (2:28)
  8. 10 Profondeur, minuet excercise for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (1:17)
  9. 11 Songe-creux, minuet excercise for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (1:25)
  10. 12 Le prisonnier maussade, minuet excercise for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (0:34)
  11. 13 Le grand singe, minuet excercise for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (0:28)
  12. 15–26 Petits chorals (12), for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (8:34)
  13. 16 Prélude canin, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (0:45)
  14. 17 Work(s): Arrière-propos - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (0:36)
  15. 29–31 L'enfance de Ko-Quo, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (2:17)
  16. 32–34 Nouvelles pièces enfantines, pieces (3) for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (2:14)
  17. 35–37 Menus propos enfantins (Childish Chatter), for piano (from "Enfantines") - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (2:48)
  18. 38–40 Enfantillages pittoresques (Picturesque Childishness), for piano (from "Enfantines") - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (3:31)
  19. 41–43 Peccadilles importunes (Tiresome Peccadilloes), for piano (from "Enfantines") - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (2:44)
  20. 44–48 Nocturnes (5) for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (12:00)
  21. 45 Nocturne for piano No. 6 - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (1:23)
  22. 46 Premier menuet, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (1:56)
  23. 47 Rêverie de l'enfance de Pantagruel, for piano (arr. of 1st "Petites pièce montées") - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (1:48)
  24. 48 Cinéma: Entr'acte symphonique de Relâche, for orchestra (also piano; also arr. by Milhaud for piano, 4 hands) - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (9:51)
Disc 4
  1. 1–4 Préludes flasques; pour un chien (Flabby preludes; for a dog), for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (5:09)
  2. 5–7 Véritables préludes flasques pour un chien (Truely Flabby Preludes for a Dog), for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (2:45)
  3. 8–10 Descriptions automatiques, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (5:12)
  4. 11–13 Embryons desséchés (3 dried-up embryos), for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (6:39)
  5. 14–16 Croquis et agaceries d'un gros bonhomme en bois (3 sketches and exasperations of a big wooden fellow), for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (5:04)
  6. 17–19 Chapitres tournés en tous sens (Chapters turned every which way), for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (5:55)
  7. 20–22 Vieux séquins et vieilles cuirasses (Old sequins and armor), for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (4:50)
  8. 21 Sports et divertissements (Sports and diversions), pieces (21) for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (15:22)
  9. 24–26 Heures séculaires et instantanées (Age-old and instantaneous hours), pieces (3) for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (3:52)
  10. 27–29 Les valses (3) distinguées du précieux dégoûté (3 distinguished waltzes of a disgusted dandy), for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (2:36)
  11. 30–32 Avant-dernières pensées (Next-to-last thoughts), pieces (3) for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (3:45)
  12. 33–35 Sonatine bureaucratique, for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (3:15)
  13. 36–38 Le fils des étoiles, Chaldean pastoral, 3 preludes for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (11:51)
Disc 5
  1. 1–2 Le Nazaréen, incidental music (2 preludes) for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (12:31)
  2. 2 Eginhard, prelude for piano from incidental music - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (2:53)
  3. 4–6 Uspud, Christian ballet in 3 scenes for piano (orchestrated by Canby) - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (27:34)
  4. 5 Prélude de La Porte héroïque du ciel (Prelude to "The Heroic Gate of Heaven"), incidental music for piano (or orchestra) - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (10:45)
  5. 8–10 Jack-in-the-Box, pantomime ballet for piano (orchestrated by Milhaud) - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (5:42)
  6. 9 La mort de Monsieur Mouche, prelude for piano from incidental music - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (1:14)
  7. 10 Pousse l'Amour, operetta: Chanson andalouse - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (1:34)
  8. 13–19 Le Piège de Méduse, dances for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (3:06)
  9. 14 Les pantins dansent (The puppets dance), for piano - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (1:32)
  10. 21–25 Grimaces (5) for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," incidental music - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (3:36)
  11. 22 Parade, ballet in 1 scene for orchestra - Erik Satie & Andrew Cornall (2:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jean-Yves Thibaudet Primary Artist
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