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Sketches of Satie

Steve Hackett Audio CD
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Steve Hackett is renowned as an immensely talented and innovative rock musician. He was lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic line up with Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford, that produced acclaimed albums such as Selling England by the Pound (a favourite of John Lennon). With Steve's extraordinary versatility in both his electric guitar playing and his composing, he ... Read more in Amazon's Steve Hackett Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Edifying Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Gnossienne No. 2 1:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
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This collaboration by brothers Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis guitarist) and John Hackett is a skilled and sensitive interpretation of selected works by classical composer Erik Satie.The original works,composed for piano,were here arranged for classical guitar and the aforementioned flute.Flutist John Hackett has played on many of his brother Steve's solo albums,but this is the first full-scale collaboration between the two.The result is a soothing,satisfying,and sometimes haunting album.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SENSUAL SUMMER SOUNDS 2 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
The music on this album is excellent. Gymnopedies No.1 is one of my favourite pieces of music and I have many versions of it, this version ranks along side the best. I first heard the piece at the 'Light Fantastic' show back in the late 70's. It was played by Rod Argent, I purchased the single (45rpm) was I thought was really good, however, by accident I later played it at 33rpm. At that speed it was stunning (and much closer to the classical tempo). The rest of the Satie songs on this album are very well played. If you can get hold of this buy it. Congratulations to the Hackett brothers for a superb recording
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5.0 out of 5 stars the finest of steve hackett. 22 April 2014
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The usual high standard of music and recorded quality. fantastic cd with all the skill and style from Steve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and hypnotic 9 Jan 2004
By Eddie Konczal - Published on
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"Sketches of Satie" is a collection of Erik Satie's compositions for piano, rearranged and performed by Steve Hackett (guitar) and his brother John (flute). The songs translate so well to flute and guitar, it's hard to believe they weren't originally composed for these instruments.
Fans of early Genesis won't be surprised by Hackett's virtuosity; the revelation here is John Hackett on flute. John's playing is so natural and fluent, it seems almost divinely inspired. On the first six tracks (Gnossiennes 3, 2 and 1 and Gymnopédies 3, 2 and 1), Steve provides subtle and steady accompaniment, allowing John's flute to handle the melodies. The next three tracks (the "Pièces Froides") highlight Steve on guitar, but John rejoins him for the rest of the album. The performances exhibit a hypnotic, haunting, and exotic beauty. Steve Hackett again demonstrates why he's one of the world's best and most versatile guitarists; by ceding the spotlight to his brother, he exhibits admirable modesty and restraint.
You don't have to be a fan of Satie or Hackett to enjoy this - just someone who enjoys gentle instrumental music that stimulates the mind while calming the soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The classical side of Hackett 18 Sep 2003
By J. Griesbach - Published on
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This is Steve Hackett at his classical best, along with the excellent flute-playing by his brother. The melodies are wonderful--perfect for when you want to relax and unwind. Other Steve Hackett albums in the classical vein are Bay Of Kings; Momentum; There Are Many Sides To The Night; and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dont expect his old stuff , but... 3 Feb 2003
By miguel hiraldo - Published on
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A nice cd to get up in the morning and still feel in a dreamy kinda mood for the next couple of hours...if you are looking for progressive stuff check his first 3 or 4 albums...and thats it! there is nothing more worth checking out...this has his acoustic gt sound and his bro is a nice flute player too, and of course , the music of Satie, which has inspired so many Prog groups, is also great, but still you can not really relate this to earlier works of his...nice anyways!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It Now 12 Oct 2002
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Wow. I thought I'd heard it all. As a Steve Hackett fan since 1971, I knew all there was to know about his musical range. Then he released this album. Unlike Hackett (and his brother, John) I'd never heard of Satie before. My loss. This interpretation is wonderful-light and airy, soft and sometimes haunting. I love it. Buy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sketches of Hackett/by Scott Daly 17 Jan 2013
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Steve Hackett's solo career began with a record revealing just how much he brought to the Genesis table ("Voyage of the Acolyte"), and is a record considered by many to be the first post-Gabriel Genesis record. His next three outings, "Please Don't Touch", "Spectral Mornings" and his masterpiece of this genre, "Defector", solidified a progressive rock style distinctly his own. Financial freedom courtesy of the Genesis meal ticket probably led him to explore a more diverse variety of styles and virtuosity with continued releases of the hit and miss variety, and even going back to revisit the music he is most usually associated with, Genesis, re-interpreted with other legendary musicians of that era, notably John Wetton and Ian McDonald.
But in between, came a few gems, such as this one, "Sketches of Satie", an ambitious and wildly successful re-interpretation of some of the works of turn of the century French composer Erik Satie. Satie's minimalist piano explorations coincided with the Impressionistic art movement of turn of the century Paris, and indeed reflected the ethics of this artistic evolutionary period, and the term "less is more" could singlehandedly be credited to the delicate, romantic, and contemplative pieces of music Satie gave the world.
For all his sumptuous, frenetic, and diverse output since leaving you-know-who, Hackett has also tackled some delicate projects like "Midsummer Night's Dream", and the many gentle acoustic guitar passages and pieces that find their way onto most of his releases. But this, "Sketches of Satie" stands out as probably his most inspired work, an homage that is obviously a labor of love. Lending itself easily to the simple interplay of acoustic guitar and flute, played masterfully by brother John Hackett, a frequent collaborator throughout his solo career, most pieces find Steve playing the left hand of the piano on guitar while John lovingly floats the right handed melodies. Whereas the many piano interpretations of Satie's music can be seen as depressingly beautiful and detached, this guitar and flute interpretation is peaceful and soothing music of golden meadows, warm summer days, and the joys of the first throes of love. Wonderful choices, including the no-brainer "Gymnopedies" and "Gnossiennes" are all there, as well as the "Nocturnes" and "Avant Dernieres Pensee"'s. Their mutual love of this music is obvious in the graceful arrangements and delicate performances.
Obscure and among the least bombastic entries in the Steve Hackett catalog, "Sketches of Satie" has been criminally underexposed and transcends the nostalgic cravings of Genesis fans. Discover this record, discover Satie, and discover one of the classiest releases from a progressive rock legend who has stayed true to his influences and followed an eclectic path that thankfully gave us "Sketches of Satie".
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