This is the third or fourth recording of Satie's piano music I've bought over the years, and the first that has been recorded properly so that I haven't had to turn up the volume to ridiculous levels in order to really hear what's going on. More importantly this is the first one in which I haven't found my attention beginning to wander after the first twenty minutes or so. Every piece on this CD is played with passion, conviction, imagination and true musicianship so that each piece more than stands on its own. Beautifully played and recorded with excellent sound quality - I love this album!
Finally a pianist who does not bang the keys when playing the Gymnopedies! I have sampled a number of recordings and have found the tone of the pianists to be surprisingly harsh. Joanna MacGregor finds just the right touch with these meditative pieces. I would be interested to know what type of piano she is playing.
This is an excellent disc. Macgregor's playing is sensitive, elegant, accurate and considered. The phrasing is musical and perfectly suits the music's wistful, dying fall. The apparent simplicity is neither exaggerated nor abused, which makes a pleasant change. Nor is it over-pedalled.
This is not, of course, a recital, but a collection of Satie's piano music. That one can become sick of it after too long an exposure is not Macgregor's fault.