Homage to Satie

Homage to Satie

by Maurice de AbravanelMaurice de Abravanel


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Even though these Vanguard recordings of Erik Satie's orchestral works date back to 1968 and are at least ADD, if not AAD, listeners may be reassured in knowing that the original analog tapes have been extraordinarily well preserved, and that the enthusiastic performances by Maurice de Abravanel and the Utah Symphony Orchestra sound quite fresh and vivid, even by today's standards. Part of this double-disc's terrific sound quality is due to the responsive acoustics of the Mormon Tabernacle, but credit is due equally to the full-out playing of the USO in music it found especially delightful, and to the engineers who took pains in positioning the microphones to capture every part with natural effect. Satie's three ballets, "Parade," "Les aventures de Mercure," and "Relâche" appear complete, along with shorter, lesser-known works, such as "La belle excentrique," the "Cinq grimaces pour Un songe d'une nuit d'été," and, for the first time on disc, "En habit de cheval." The arrangements on disc two by Debussy, Desormiere, Poulenc, Manuel, and Milhaud may be of less interest than Satie's authentic scores, yet the pieces "Le fils des étoiles" and "Jack-in-the-Box" are rarely heard in any form, and are entertaining bonuses for Satie fans.

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Release Date: 03/22/2005
Label: Vanguard Classics
UPC: 0699675161224
catalogNumber: 1612
Rank: 32292


  1. Parade, ballet in 1 scene for orchestra
  2. Mercure, ballet in 3 scenes
  3. La belle excentrique, "serious fantasy" for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands): La Grande Ritournelle
  4. Grimaces (5) for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," incidental music
  5. Relâche (No Performance Today), ballet for orchestra (also piano version)
  6. En habit de cheval (In riding habit), 4 pieces for piano duet (or orchestra)
  7. Gymnopedie for piano No.1
  8. Gymnopedie for piano No.2
  9. Morceaux (3) en forme de poire (3 pieces in the form of a pear), for piano, 4 hands or orchestra
  10. Fête donnée par des chevaliers normands en l'honneur d'une jeune demoiselle, for piano
  11. Le Nazaréen, incidental music (2 preludes) for piano: 1er Prelude du Nazareen
  12. Gnossiennes (6), for piano: Unspecified Gnossienne
  13. Le fils des étoiles, Chaldean pastoral, preludes and incidental music for piano: Act 1. Prelude - The Vocation (The Chaldean Night)
  14. Le fils des étoiles, Chaldean pastoral, preludes and incidental music for piano: Act 3. Prelude - The Incarnation (The Terrace Pala
  15. Jack-in-the-Box, pantomime ballet for piano (orchestrated by Milhaud)

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