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  • Audio CD (18 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B004BAUD2K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Musique Des Origins

Disc: 2

  1. Musique a Genoux

Disc: 3

  1. Humour Fantaisiste

Disc: 4

  1. Jeux Et Divertissements

Disc: 5

  1. Musique De Scene

Disc: 6

  1. Vexations, (Excerpt)

Product Description

-Erik Satie fu senza dubbio uno dei grandi 'una tantum' della storia musicale. Impossibile classificarlo, egli compose circa 100 opere che includono colonne sonore, balletti, melodie e soprattutto opere per pianoforte. Amico di Debussy, Ravel, Cocteau, Picasso e Diaghalev, egli era nel cuore dell'avanguardia parigina, ma rimase sempre, volontariamente, un outsider. Satie era l'antitesi del mondo musicale del tardo XIX secolo e inizio del XX, dominati da Wagner e dai suoi seguaci. Per Satie la musica importante era quella del passato, egli tornò addirittura ai timbri dell'Antica Grecia.

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I had considered buying these 'complete' piano works recordings in another edition for some time and over that period, I saw the price climb on Amazon. I bided my time and eventually this new release appeared on Amazon which is available from one supplier at around a third of the price of the original edition.

Frankly, I'm glad I waited for if I had laid out around £35 still being asked I would have been extremely disappointed. As reviewers elsewhere have noted, Cristina Ariagno is a perfectly skilled pianist, but the feeling I have hearing her interpretations of the pieces I already know, is that others simply do it better. Satie's compositions are strange and I can at least understand why some of his teachers thought that he had no compositional skills whatsoever. It takes a rare interpreter to bring out the subtlety of conception, the playfulness, the enigma and sometimes the absolute menace of Satie's pieces and the feeling is that for much, but admittedly not all of the time, Ms Ariagno simply isn't up to it. Others have mentioned Ariagno's use of dynamics which often imparts an inappropriately alien sense of heaviness to pieces that should be light, often playful and altogether more subtle.

Others have mentioned faults in the mechanics of the recording. I'm not sure I would agree, but at times pieces do seem to have a bass heavy aspect to them which I find tiring. I do wonder though whether Ms Ariagno's fairly heavy handed approach to playing might have called for more thought in microphone placement or even microphone choice.

I do feel slightly more favourably disposed to these recordings that one reviewer who said listening was 'a rather long haul of tediously shapeless monotony with an irritatingly faulty recording'.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x96a410e4) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
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HASH(0x96994b28) out of 5 stars Nice (A TOTALLY Non Stuffy Minimalist Review) 29 Dec. 2012
By Scott Bruneau - Published on Amazon.com
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Crisp clear sound especially on fine head phones. Wow man this girl can play! Listening to this I know damned well that Cristina put herself into this and knew her material.
A very nice collection. Very pleased. Nice work Cristina Ariagno!
HASH(0x96830a2c) out of 5 stars Four Stars 26 Aug. 2015
By Don A. Piraro - Published on Amazon.com
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A great collection of Satie. I listen to the discs over and over again.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96830930) out of 5 stars I'm disappointed. 2 Jun. 2015
By publius hadrianus - Published on Amazon.com
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I compared this with a recording of Pascal Roge playing the Gnossiennes 1-6. Ariagno's playing seems clumsy and much less refined, and by comparison. I'm disappointed.
HASH(0x96641d68) out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Mar. 2016
By meijie zhao - Published on Amazon.com
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nice music really in joy it thank
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x966450cc) out of 5 stars Nice collection 11 July 2015
By Robert L Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of Satie music I wasn't familiar with. I don't always listen to the other disks, but when I do these are here.
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