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Satie, E.: Early & Esoteric Piano Works [3-album set]

Alessandro Simonetto, Piano

Album(s): 3

Album catalog: AE16019
EAN/UPC: 0/634065037185
Original audio available @ 176.4 kHz * 24 bits


Album content:

Satie, E.: Sarabandes [3]
Satie, E.: Gymnopédies [3]
Satie, E.: Gnossiennes (4-6) [3]
Satie, E.: Chanson hongroise (unfinished)
Satie, E.: Gnossiennes [3]
Satie, E.: Ogives [4]
Satie, E.: Leit-motiv du Panthee (unfinished)
Satie, E.: Uspud, Ballet Chretien [3]
Satie, E.: Les Fils des étoiles, Pastorale Kaldeenne [3]
Satie, E.: Preludes du Nazareen [2]
Satie, E.: Untitled (Premiere pensee Rose Croix)
Satie, E.: Sonneries de la Rose+Croix [3]
Satie, E.: Préludes [2]
Satie, E.: Danses gothiques [9]
Satie, E.: Vexations [part, 3]
Satie, E.: Prière
Satie, E.: Modere (possibly part of Messe des pauvres)
Satie, E.: Prélude de la porte héroïque du ciel, Drame Esoterique
Satie, E.: Untitled (Petite Ouverture a danser)
Satie, E.: Untitled (Caresse)
Satie, E.: Pièces froides - I. Airs a faire fuir [3]
Satie, E.: Pièces froides - II. Danses de travers [3]
Satie, E.: Danse de travers
Satie, E.: Verset laïque et somptueux


The 3-CD set “Erik Satie: Early and esoteric works" collects the works of his spiritual period. It includes the complete poem in three-acts, 'Les Fils des Etoilès' (69 minutes), known above all for the Three Prèludes and the (7th) Gnossienne, here in their correct dimension and placing; and 'Uspud', another three-act poem (25 minutes). The collection also includes, besides the famous Gymnopédies, Gnossiennes and Sarabandes, some unfinished and rare works such as the Chanson Hongroise, Leit-motiv de 'Panthée' and 'Verset Laïque & Somptueux'. This recording wishes to underline the mystical and pictorial aspect, delicate and introverted, of this innovative composer's music. The list of works includes all the known piano work written from 1887 to 1900 with the exception of the few cabaret pieces and the two walzes (1885) which will be included in a  dedicated disk.
”Satie, you never had greater admirers than Ravel and myself; many of your early works had a great influence on our writing. Your 'Prélude de La porte héroïque du ciel' was to us a revelation, so original, so different from that Wagnerian atmosphere which has surrounded us in late years. I liked your Gymnopédies so much that I orchestrated two of them. You have some kind of genius, or you have genius, period. Now, as a true friend may I warn you that from time to time there is in your art a certain lack of form." -Claude Debussy
To listen to some excerpts:


DSP links to download (in album)








Alessandro Simonetto has the required technique to do justice to these works and he [...] knows how to capture the audacity and depths suggested by these enigmatic pieces very well, providing an absorbing and meditative stillness. The sound is also great! —Pyotr Petrovich ***** (02/08/2017) 
Erik Satie: Early & Esoteric Works, seem(s) to really capture the mystical spirit of this bizarre music. [...] And, for Satie's early, mystical, and esoteric works, I really, really, really do like that wonder from Simonetto! —Robert Malone (07/06/2018) 
[...] which is up to the high standards of what remains my choice for early Satie music, that of Alessandro Simonetto Erik Satie: Early & Esoteric Works. —Robert Malone (22/05/2018) 
Great! [...] everything very well done. [...] All enjoyable listening, nothing less than exceedingly fine performances. [...] presents some of the best I have yet heard in this particular repertoire. —Robert Malone ***** (18/06/2017) 
Track added to the official playlist: 'This is: Satie' on Spotify! — (02/10/2016) 
Simonetto, artista in grado di far raggiungere al pianoforte momenti di pianissimo quasi inudibili che, giocando su un uso sapiente del pedale di risonanza riescono a creare un’atmosfera quasi impalpabile [...] —Edmondo Filippini ***** (23/09/2017) 
Simonetto fait sentir la profondeur habitée de ces pages énigmatiques, qui vaut bien les versions de référence [...] tout en y ajoutant une singulière quiétude, méditative et intense. —Romaric Gergorin ****/4 (01/07/2017) 
Simonetto con più diplomi al conservatorio ci tiene a sottolineare la sua attitudine ad un incontro con la musica puramente spontaneo preferendo - così si legge - un approcio spirituale, istintivo, empirico, insomma pratico, con le cose della musica. —Valentina Lo Surdo (17/01/2017) 
Simonetto fait sentir la profondeur habitée de ces pages énigmatiques, qui vaut bien les versions de référence [...] tout en y ajoutant une singulière quiétude, méditative et intense. —Romaric Gergorin ****/4 (01/06/2017) 
Simonetto's interpretation is quite pleasant. The recording quality is excellent, with beautiful clear tone and deep and natural left hand notes. The sound is considerably richer and more natural than the CDs used as a comparison. —Roger McCuaig (11/06/2017) 


Recorded @ Saletta acustica 'Eric James', Pove del Grappa, 2015
Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
Equipment used: Sennheiser mics.
Instrument(s) used: 9-foot Steinway D piano, 'Ferrari-O'
Photo/paint on cover: Mark Demsteader: 'Shallow Waters No. 2' (2015)
Artwork: ©OnClassical
An OnClassical production, ©2015


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