Very Best of Satie

The Very Best of Satie

     
 
The buyer of a best-of compilation may often be looking for a single disc if the idea is to get a taste of a certain composer, but the sheer individuality of Satie's music emerges more clearly in multiple examples; the buyer should consider this reasonably priced double-disc set from Naxos. The performances, mostly by pianist

Overview

The buyer of a best-of compilation may often be looking for a single disc if the idea is to get a taste of a certain composer, but the sheer individuality of Satie's music emerges more clearly in multiple examples; the buyer should consider this reasonably priced double-disc set from Naxos. The performances, mostly by pianist Klára Körmendi and the fine regional French Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, are never less than competent, and the buyer will get a full sense of the range of Satie's iconoclastic ways. The composer's hits -- the graceful "Gymnopédie No. 1," the offbeat "Sports et Divertissements" in their entirety, the "Trois morceaux en forme de poire" (Three Pieces in the Form of a Pear, composed after a critic complained of formlessness in Satie's music), excerpts from the avant-garde stage music of the ballet "Parade" -- are all here, but the listener gets alternative examples of the impulses behind these. The ballet "Relâche," a Dadaist-inspired work that mixes popular tunes with avant-garde experimentalism, is represented by two excerpts; it's a work on the way up. Satie's humor is a bit easier to connect with when one encounters him taking aim at musical convention from several slightly different angles. A bonus here, not usually found on Satie compilation recordings, is the inclusion of several of Satie's semi-popular music-hall pieces. It might have been nice to include the vocal version of "Je te veux" (CD 2, track 14), but the piece helps the listener come to grips with the layer of vernacular music in the work of this solitary French iconoclast, who seems with every passing year to have more to say to the modern listener. Anyone who wants to understand Satie can get a good start with this generous set of pieces.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2006
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099213721
catalogNumber:
8552137
Rank:
99903

Tracks

  1. Parade, ballet in 1 scene for orchestra: [Excerpt]
  2. Le Piège de Méduse, dances for piano
  3. Avant-dernières pensées (Next-to-last thoughts), pieces (3) for piano
  4. Petites pièces (3) montées (3 Little Stuffed Pieces), for orchestra
  5. Morceaux (3) en forme de poire (3 pieces in the form of a pear), for piano, 4 hands or orchestra
  6. Gnossiennes (6), for piano: 1. Lent
  7. Gnossiennes (6), for piano: 3. Lent
  8. Pièces froides (Cold Pieces), pieces (6) for piano: 1. Trois Airs à faire fuir
  9. Pièces froides (Cold Pieces), pieces (6) for piano: 2. Danses de travers
  10. Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy): 1. Lent et douloureux
  11. Relâche (No Performance Today), ballet for orchestra (also piano version): Cinéma
  12. Mercure, ballet in 3 scenes: Marche - Ouverture
  13. Mercure, ballet in 3 scenes: Scene 3. Polka des lettres
  14. Mercure, ballet in 3 scenes: Scene 3. Nouvelle danse
  15. Mercure, ballet in 3 scenes: Scene 3. Le Choas
  16. Mercure, ballet in 3 scenes: Scene 3. Final - Rapt de Proserpine
  17. Prélude de La Porte héroïque du ciel (Prelude to "The Heroic Gate of Heaven"), incidental music for piano (or orchestra)
  18. Le Piccadilly, march for piano
  19. Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy): 2. Lent et triste
  20. Les valses (3) distinguées du précieux dégoûté (3 distinguished waltzes of a disgusted dandy), for piano
  21. Sports et divertissements (Sports and diversions), pieces (21) for piano
  22. Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy): 3. Lent et grave
  23. En habit de cheval (In riding habit), 4 pieces for piano duet (or orchestra)
  24. Valse-ballet, for piano
  25. Je te veux (I Want You), café-concert song for voice & piano
  26. Sarabandes (3) for piano
  27. Relâche (No Performance Today), ballet for orchestra (also piano version): Act 2. Petit danse finale (chanson mimée). La queu

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