The Magic of Satie

The Magic of Satie

by Jean-Yves ThibaudetJean-Yves Thibaudet

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Overview

Having recorded the complete works of Debussy and Ravel, French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet now turns to the music of Erik Satie, offering a first look at another planned integral set. It presents a welcome mix of the familiar and unfamiliar, the serious and the silly, including several world-premiere recordings. The three Gymnopédies are certainly Satie's best-known works, and they are scattered throughout the program, appearing suddenly, like familiar friends that one encounters unexpectedly. Thibaudet plays them -- and the other slow, mesmeric pieces -- quite lovingly, using plenty of rhythmic freedom, yet he miraculously manages to preserve their essential atmosphere of purity. The Gnossiennes are especially affecting in Thibaudet's hands, and the pianist offers the recently published seventh piece of the set (though Satie fans will already know this music, as it also appears in the popular Trois morceaux en forme de poire). Most of the other works are lighter in mood -- lilting waltzes or more exuberant dances -- each of which Thibaudet plays with panache. The odd charms of Satie's music have rarely seemed so beguiling.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2002
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947029021
catalogNumber: 470290

Tracks

  1. Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy): Gymnopédie No. 1
  2. Gnossiennes (6), for piano, complete
  3. Gnossienne, for piano No.7
  4. Verset laïque et somptueux, for piano
  5. Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy): Gymnopédie No. 2
  6. Je te veux (I Want You), café-concert song for voice & piano
  7. Jack-in-the-Box, pantomime ballet for piano (orchestrated by Milhaud)
  8. The Dreamy Fish (Le poisson rêveur), incidental music for piano
  9. Le Piccadilly, march for piano
  10. The Angora Ox, for piano (reconstructed by Johny Fritz)
  11. Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy): Gymnopédie No. 3
  12. L'enfance de Ko-Quo, for piano
  13. Sonatine bureaucratique, for piano
  14. La diva de l'Empire, song for voice & piano
  15. La belle excentrique, "serious fantasy" for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands): 1. Marche franco-lunaire
  16. La belle excentrique, "serious fantasy" for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands): 2. Valse du mystérieux baiser dans l'œil
  17. Grimaces (5) for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," incidental music

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