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Aldo Ciccolini is considered by many to be the finest exponent of Satie's piano works. This is, to my mind, undoubtedly true. There are also those who regard this collection to be one that contains his finest recordings of those works. Again, I agree.
There is a more modern collection in which Mr Ciccolini has reproduced these pieces and done so with the benefit of contemporary digital recording techniques. But I believe this one to be superior. The nuances and touches of the original 1966 - 1971 recordings make this release so much more rewarding.
If you want superb clarity perhaps you may want the newer version but for feel and atmosphere this is the one to get.
There are many who have attempted to interpret Erik Satie's piano works and some who have achieved success. Daniel Varsano, Philippe Entremont and particularly Cécile Ousset have produced some outstanding interpretations. But Ciccolini is the best.
There are still others like Pascal Rogé who seem to feel the need to slap their own 'style' upon the music. They make Satie's works sound like they've been murdered by Liberace or Richard Clayderman. Fine for fans of 'popular classics' but nothing like the real thing.
Aldo Ciccolini is the real thing and these are the best recordings.