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Satie, E.: Favourite Music (Gymnopédies, Gnossiennes & Other Pieces)
Alessandro Simonetto, Piano

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Erik Satie's piano compositions, including the iconic "3 Gymnopédies," "Gnossiennes," "Untitled Pieces," "Nouvelles pièces froides," "Prélude en tapisserie," "Sports et divertissements," and "Nocturnes," showcase his unique and innovative approach to music. Satie, a visionary French composer, was known for his avant-garde style, breaking away from traditional norms and anticipating the developments of later 20th-century music.
The "3 Gymnopédies" are perhaps Satie's most famous and enduring works. The first, "Lent et douloureux," the second, "Lent et triste," and the third, "Lent et grave," are characterized by their tranquil and introspective nature, featuring repetitive and meditative melodies that have left a lasting impact on the world of classical music.
The "Gnossiennes" continue Satie's exploration of unconventional harmonies and structures. With movements like "Lent," "Avec étonnement," and "Avec conviction et avec une tristesse rigoureuse," these pieces showcase Satie's ability to evoke a dreamlike and mysterious atmosphere, marked by his use of peculiar titles and directions.
The "Untitled Pieces" and "Nouvelles pièces froides" reflect Satie's experimental spirit, featuring compositions with distinctive character and a sense of unpredictability. "Prélude en tapisserie" is another example of Satie's creativity, offering a musical tapestry that unfolds with intricate details.
"Sports et divertissements" is a whimsical collection that portrays various sports and entertainments through short musical vignettes. Each piece is a playful and humorous exploration of different activities, showcasing Satie's wit and charm.
The "Nocturnes" demonstrate Satie's ability to convey a range of emotions within a nocturnal setting. "Doux et calme," "Simplement," and "Un peu mouvementé" capture the essence of nightfall with delicate and evocative melodies.
The inclusion of "Rêverie" from "Petites pièces montées" in a version for Piano Duet adds a delightful touch to the collection, showcasing Satie's ability to adapt his compositions for different settings.
Alessandro Simonetto's performance of Erik Satie's compositions at the piano is characterized by innovation and sensitivity. His interpretations bring out the inherent charm, wit, and emotional depth in Satie's works. Simonetto's renditions capture the essence of Satie's avant-garde spirit, offering a fresh perspective on these timeless compositions while maintaining a deep respect for the composer's original intent. Through Simonetto's nuanced playing, the listener is invited to explore the whimsical and contemplative world of Erik Satie with renewed appreciation.

Favourite Music (Gymnopédies, Gnossiennes & Other Pieces)
Alessandro Simonetto, Piano

Prod. No.: 324 / 2023
Cat. No: OC22116B
UPC: 685071453247
No. Album(s): 1

Recorded @ Saletta acustica 'Eric James', Pove del Grappa, 2023

Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
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Artwork: OnClassical

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Instrument(s) used: Steinway & Sohns D-274 piano, 'Audi-O'

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