The Very Best of Satie

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099213721
  • Catalog Number: 8552137
  • Sales rank: 95,876

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Parade, ballet in 1 scene for orchestra: [Excerpt] - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (5:43)
  2. 2 Le Piège de Méduse, dances for piano - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (4:08)
  3. 3 Avant-dernières pensées (Next-to-last thoughts), pieces (3) for piano - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (3:29)
  4. 4 Petites pièces (3) montées (3 Little Stuffed Pieces), for orchestra - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (3:36)
  5. 5 Morceaux (3) en forme de poire (3 pieces in the form of a pear), for piano, 4 hands or orchestra - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (12:13)
  6. 6 Gnossiennes (6), for piano: 1. Lent - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (3:13)
  7. 7 Gnossiennes (6), for piano: 3. Lent - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (2:28)
  8. 8 Pièces froides (Cold Pieces), pieces (6) for piano: 1. Trois Airs à faire fuir - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (6:36)
  9. 9 Pièces froides (Cold Pieces), pieces (6) for piano: 2. Danses de travers - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (4:35)
  10. 10 Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy): 1. Lent et douloureux - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (4:04)
  11. 11 Relâche (No Performance Today), ballet for orchestra (also piano version): Cinéma - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (11:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mercure, ballet in 3 scenes: Marche - Ouverture - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (1:14)
  2. 2 Mercure, ballet in 3 scenes: Scene 3. Polka des lettres - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (0:38)
  3. 3 Mercure, ballet in 3 scenes: Scene 3. Nouvelle danse - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (1:45)
  4. 4 Mercure, ballet in 3 scenes: Scene 3. Le Choas - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (0:37)
  5. 5 Mercure, ballet in 3 scenes: Scene 3. Final - Rapt de Proserpine - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (1:10)
  6. 6 Prélude de La Porte héroïque du ciel (Prelude to "The Heroic Gate of Heaven"), incidental music for piano (or orchestra) - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (3:30)
  7. 7 Le Piccadilly, march for piano - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (1:45)
  8. 8 Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy): 2. Lent et triste - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (2:43)
  9. 9 Les valses (3) distinguées du précieux dégoûté (3 distinguished waltzes of a disgusted dandy), for piano - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (3:51)
  10. 10 Sports et divertissements (Sports and diversions), pieces (21) for piano - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (14:48)
  11. 11 Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy): 3. Lent et grave - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (2:16)
  12. 12 En habit de cheval (In riding habit), 4 pieces for piano duet (or orchestra) - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (6:18)
  13. 13 Valse-ballet, for piano - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (4:44)
  14. 14 Je te veux (I Want You), café-concert song for voice & piano - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (4:24)
  15. 15–17 Sarabandes (3) for piano - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (12:40)
  16. 16 Relâche (No Performance Today), ballet for orchestra (also piano version): Act 2. Petit danse finale (chanson mimée). La queu - Erik Satie & Erik Satie (0:37)
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