Erik Satie: Piano Works

Erik Satie: Piano Works

by John White


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Erik Satie: Piano Works

Originally recorded in 1993 and released on Arte Nova in 1995, John White's refined performances of Erik Satie's piano works are presented in fresh packaging for this 2005 reissue. Except for the familiar "Gnossiennes No. 4" and "No. 5," most of the pieces here were selected from the less frequently played works; therefore, listeners seeking the famous and widely arranged "Trois Gymnopédies" will need to look elsewhere. But many of the pieces convey the same poignant feeling and rarefied atmosphere that Satie cultivated in the "Gymnopédies," most notably in the "Prélude de La Porte héroïque du ciel," the "Sonneries de la Rose + Croix," and the "Four Preludes." White's playing in all these miniatures is uniformly clean, evenly controlled in tone, and almost deadpan in expression, which is suitable for this enigmatic and subdued music. The quiet mood of these pieces and the ambience of this recording may appeal to fans of music for relaxation, and of works by similar composers, such as Federico Mompou or Manuel Blancafort, whose piano pieces have a similar simplicity and chaste quality, though with fewer eccentric harmonies, odd interruptions, and contrary melodies. Arte Nova's original recording is clear and crisp, so White's sound is ideally reproduced with virtually no extraneous noises.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/2005
Label: Arte Nova Classics
UPC: 0723721102753
catalogNumber: 277970
Rank: 309384


  1. Leitmotiv du Panthée, for piano
  2. Prélude de La Porte héroïque du ciel (Prelude to "The Heroic Gate of Heaven"), incidental music for piano (or orchestra)
  3. Sonneries de la Rose + Croix, for piano
  4. Gnossiennes (6), for piano: Gnossienne IV - sans presser / Gnossienne V - soup
  5. Préludes (4) for piano (& various orchestrations)
  6. Petite ouverture à danser, for piano
  7. Caresse, for piano
  8. Rêverie du pauvre, for piano
  9. Danses gothiques (9), for piano
  10. Le fils des étoiles, Chaldean pastoral, 3 preludes for piano

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John White   Primary Artist

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