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Satie (The Best Of)

22 May 2000 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 22 May 2000
  • Release Date: 22 May 2000
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 2000 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:08:38
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  • ASIN: B001LZB6XI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,924 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2010
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Twenty piano pieces by the French miniaturist are featured on this CD, plus an orchestral version of each of the Trois Gymnopedies. These are all short pieces that should be individually savoured, so to have an hour's worth is ... , well you may need to ration your indulgence. The doubling of the notes in the Gnossiennes creates a charming echo effect, a figuration that helps create an air of gentle but expectant mystery that is betrayed by the title.

The piano playing by Klara Kormendi varies between confidence, playfulness, warmth, quizzicality, and re-assurance. Sometimes more than one of these adjectives applies at the same time. The sound is very clear.

Unfortunately, whilst it is good that orchestral version of Gymnopedies (by Debussy and Roland-Manuel) are included, the playing by the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy (sounds perhaps better than the Nancy Symphony Orchestra) under Jerome Kaltenbach does have problems, most notably in the horn of the first, which sounds rather that it should be played at a harbour entrance in times of heavy fog. Otherwise, the pace is appropriately stately, but a little too so for the fragile strings.

Nevertheless, for its price, this is a worthy entry into the rich and distinguished world of Erik Satie.
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Many recordings of Satie have a very sentimental feel, the music easily lends itself to a romantic, indulgent interpretation usually by being played too slowly and softly. Klara Kormendi's playing retains an edge to the music which is often missed, a slight harshness which, when you hear it, feels absolutely fitting. This gives the pieces a drive so that there is a direction taking you through the music instead of an aimless drifting heard in so many other recordings. When I first bought this album, I went ahead and bought the 4 volumes of Saties piano music by Ms Kormendi, she is easily my favourite interpreter of his compositions. Buy it!!
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Erik Satie, 1866-1925, French.

"The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals, but he is also the proudest. It is he who invented the sublime art of ruining poetry". (Erik Satie).

This Naxos CD is aimed at the beginner or occasional classical music listener and aims to provide a cross section of the entire works of Satie on a single CD of around one hour duration. It's difficult of course to achieve a satisfactory representation of a composer's lifetime achievements in such short time, but this CD does achieve its aim in that it offers an affordable introduction to Satie which may enable the listener to either pursue these works further, or simply to collect the entire Naxos `Best Of' range.

If the intention is to collect the series it will provide a good, although slightly abbreviated, library of classical music. Those requiring further listening are helped by the sleeve notes which give recommended further listening (all Naxos label CD's of course!).

It should be noted that the Naxos 2CD `Very Best Of' releases offer slightly better value than the single CD versions in this `Best Of' series.

That said, this is a good introduction to classical music for those on a careful budget.

The complete Naxos `Best Of' series (those indicated* also have `Very Best Of' releases):

Bach*, Bartok, Beethoven*, Berlioz, Bizet, Brahms, Chopin*, Debussy*, Dvorak*, Elgar*, Faure, Gershwin, Glazunov, Grieg*, Handel*, Haydn, Liszt, Lutoslawski, Mendelsshon, Mozart*, Paganini, Prokofiev, Puccini*, Rachmaninov*, Ravel*, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rossini, Saint-Saens, Schubert, Schumann, Satie*, Shostakovich*, Sibelius*, Strauss (Johann) II*, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky*, Verdi*, Vivaldi*, Wagner, Weber.
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You won't find anything better, lovely recordings and comprehensive coverage of the gymnopedies and gnossiennes with a few extra pieces that you don't hear on the radio. Worthwhile.
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CD is good value with both orchestral and piano versions of Satie's famous Gymnopedie 1 & 2 compositions. However the recordings lack the tone and depth of some of the very best.
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As an amateur classical music listner and amateur musician I highly recomend it ! I don't have theoretical or pratical knowlegde to write a deepest review.
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A must CD buy for your collection from a true master.

This has to be one of the best CD buys I have made in a long time and I give it the full 5 stars. Hence, I highly recommend this one to both veteran and novice classical listeners.
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Some tracks I liked better than others...but the ones that I did like - will rate it 5 stars. Very relaxing to listen to, if you like all forms of Classical.
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