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Erik Satie - Art Works 1892-1924 (2023)

Posted By: Rtax
Erik Satie - Art Works 1892-1924 (2023)

Erik Satie - Art Works 1892-1924 (2023)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log, booklet) - 892 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 588 MB
4:06:49 | Classical, Contemporary, Impressionist, Neo-Classical | Label: Les Disques Du Crépuscule

Four CD set. Les Disques du Crepuscule presents a comprehensive anthology by visionary French avant-garde composer Erik Satie, collecting together piano works associated with the Dada, Cubist and Surrealist art movements, as well as his celebrated musique d'ameublement (furniture music) written between 1917 and 1923. The four CDs are housed in a clamshell box, which also includes an illustrated 32 page booklet featuring detailed liner notes by James Nice and Stephen Whittington.

Reinbert de Leeuw, Marianne Kweksilber - Erik Satie: Piano Music & Melodies (2006) 3CD + Bonus DVD 'Satie & Suzanne'

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Reinbert de Leeuw, Marianne Kweksilber - Erik Satie: Piano Music & Melodies (2006) 3CD + Bonus DVD 'Satie & Suzanne'

Erik Satie - Piano Music & Melodies (2006) 3CD + Bonus DVD 'Satie & Suzanne'
Reinbert de Leeuw, piano; Marianne Kweksilber, soprano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 509 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 432 Mb | Time: 03:08:39
DVD5 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC 16:9 (720x480), VBR | LPCM 2.0, 1536 kbps | 00:52:48 | ~ 3.6 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 475 7706 | Scans ~ 44 Mb

This box collects several recordings of Satie's piano music by Dutch pianist Reinbert de Leeuw, going back as far as 1977, with an English-language DVD (not reviewed, but the idea is attractive) including a fictionalized presentation of Satie's relationship with artist Suzanne Valadon (after they broke up, he hung in his window cataloging her faults, but the film apparently doesn't get to the fun stuff). The provenance of the music on the third CD, consisting mostly of songs and featuring soprano Marjanne Kweksilber, is unclear from the booklet, and it's a poor choice for the non-Francophone – no song texts are provided at all. The piano music from de Leeuw is another matter, however. It is immediately distinctive in its slow tempos and dreamy, rather lugubrious tone.

VA - Satie: Masterpieces (2023)

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VA - Satie: Masterpieces (2023)

VA - Satie: Masterpieces (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 445 MB
1:45:11 | Classical | Label: Warner Classics

Erik Satie was an important French composer from the generation of Debussy. Best remembered for several groups of piano pieces, including Trois Gymnopédies (1888), Trois Sarabandes (1887) and Trois Gnossiennes (1890), he was championed by Jean Cocteau and helped create the famous group of French composers, Les Six, which was fashioned after his artistic ideal of simplicity in the extreme. Some have viewed certain of his stylistic traits as components of Impressionism, but his harmonies and melodies have relatively little in common with the characteristics of that school. Much of his music has a subdued character, and its charm comes through in its directness and lack of allegiance to any one aesthetic. Often, his melodies are melancholy and hesitant, his moods exotic or humorous, and his compositions as a whole, or their several constituent episodes, short. He was a musical maverick who probably influenced Debussy and did influence Ravel, who freely acknowledged as much.

Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Yutaka Sado - L'Orchestre de Satie (Erik Satie: Orchestral Works) (2001)

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Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Yutaka Sado - L'Orchestre de Satie (Erik Satie: Orchestral Works) (2001)

L'Orchestre de Satie (Erik Satie: Orchestral Works) (2001)
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux; Yutaka Sado, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 279 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans ~ 43 Mb
Classical | Label: Erato | # 8573-85827-2 | Time: 01:05:27

After the compulsory Gymnopédies, this turns out to be an above average Satie collection. Parade is performed with relish and a healthy dose of anarchy, with no attempt being made to blend the pistol shots into the texture of the orchestra. Rather than the more usual companion pieces of Mercure and Relâche, Yutaka Sado builds the remaining programme around La belle excentrique and Le piège de Méduse, opting for some of the music - hall - inspired works in between. Pieces like Je te veux and Poudre d ’ or are familiar in their piano or vocal versions, but rarely get outings in the arrangements for brasserie orchestra, making this a most desirable disc for Satie devotees.

VA - Ocean Of Sound: A Collection Of Music To Accompany David Toop's Book (1996) 2 CDs

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VA - Ocean Of Sound: A Collection Of Music To Accompany David Toop's Book (1996) 2 CDs

VA - Ocean Of Sound: A Collection Of Music To Accompany David Toop's Book (1996) 2 CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 664 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 343 Mb | Scans ~ 64 Mb | 02:28:56
Ambient, Experimental, Free Jazz, Rock, Classical | Virgin | # AMBT 10, 7243 8 41367 2 7

The audio companion to David Toop's excellent book advances the case he made, that Les Baxter, Aphex Twin, The Beach Boys, Herbie Hancock, King Tubby and My Bloody Valentine are all related by their effect on sound pioneering. A double-disc set, Ocean of Sound impresses not only with its incredible diversity of musical styles, but with how easily these artists work next to each other. The second disc includes consecutive contributions by Paul Schütze, the Velvet Undergound, Holger Czukay of Can, The Beach Boys, African Headcharge and Sun Ra. Besides illustrating Toop's point beautifully, the album is an excellent addition to the collection of any wide-ranging ambient fan.

Pascal Roge - Erik Satie: 3 Gymnopedies & Other Piano Works (1984) Reissue 2006

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Pascal Roge - Erik Satie: 3 Gymnopedies & Other Piano Works (1984) Reissue 2006

Pascal Rogé - Erik Satie: 3 Gymnopedies & Other Piano Works (1984) Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 185 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 7527 | | Time: 01:00:43

This is far and away the best playing of Satie's most popular works. Roge's other Satie disk is worth owning as well. Tempos are carefully chosen, with special attention to the subtleties each work presents. I also own Ciccolini and Thibaudet's complete Satie recordings and Roge outshines them at nearly every turn. A must own disc for all true Satie lovers.

Klara Kormendi - Erik Satie: Piano Works (Naxos Selection) (2007)

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Klara Kormendi - Erik Satie: Piano Works (Naxos Selection) (2007)

Klára Körmendi - Erik Satie: Piano Works (Naxos Selection) (2007)
EAC | WavPack | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 221 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.571112 | Time: 01:12:01

The Hungarian pianist Klára Körmendi was born in Budapest and studied under Kornel Zempleni at the Bartók Conservatory, later becoming a student of Peter Solymos at the Liszt Academy, where she received her diploma with distinction in 1967. She enjoyed early success in a number of national competitions, before embarking on a career that has taken her to the major musical centres of Europe, with broadcasts in Vienna, Paris and London, as well as Basie, Cologne, Lausanne and Lubljana. Klara Kormendi has a wide repertoire, and has always shown particular interest in contemporary repertoire, both Hungarian and foreign. Her recordings for Hungaroton include music by Pierre Boulez, Oliver Messiaen, Luciano Berio and Heinz Hollinger. For Naxos she has recorded works by Debussy and Ravel and the complete piano music of Eric Satie.

Jean-Joel Barbier - Erik Satie: Oeuvres Pour Piano (1985)

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Jean-Joel Barbier - Erik Satie: Oeuvres Pour Piano (1985)

Jean-Joel Barbier - Erik Satie: Oeuvres Pour Piano (1985)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 61:04 | 220 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Accord | Catalog: 200072

Comme l’ont dit nombre de musicologues, la musique de Satie se caractérise par un ésotérisme subtil teinté d’une pointe d’humour et de mysticisme. C’est une musique par ailleurs absolument novatrice et audacieuse, sans emphase, à la sensibilité discrète, naïve et raffinée. Une musique étrange et sans effets de virtuosité, venue d’ailleurs et suspendue au temps comme dans le Gymnopédies et les Gnossiennes. Satie, suivant son humilité naturelle, possède l’art de simplifier le trait mélodique. L’interprétation de J.N.Barbier est en tout point remarquable et fait de ce CD un petit joyau.

Ximo Tebar - Celebrating Erik Satie (2009)

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Ximo Tebar - Celebrating Erik Satie (2009)

Ximo Tébar - Celebrating Erik Satie (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 361 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Contemporary Jazz | Label: Xàbia Jazz | # 007 | Time: 01:00:38

Celebrating Erik Satie represents a creative and stimulating selection of jazz arrangements and improvisations. Ximo Tebar is a respected guitarist and creative force from Spain who has taken the compositions of the eccentric, irascible, and innovative French composer and transmuted them into jazz ensemble performances. Tebar shakes things up while retaining enough straight-ahead jazz to appeal to the masses; it's no accident that "En Habit de Cheval" possesses a clear reference to John Coltrane's magnum opus, A Love Supreme (Impulse!, 1964). Like Coltrane, Tebar is fortunate enough to have recruited other outstanding musicians who can implement his complex ideas. The watchword of this album is "plays," with the implications of irony and humor, tinged with Chaplin-esque sadness that characterizes what Tebar and his ensemble, taking a cue from Satie, offer. Satie was an inventive, experimenting composer who influenced musical impressionism and minimalism, which in turn strongly impacted modern jazz.

Gidon Kremer & Naoko Yoshino - Insomnia (1999)

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Gidon Kremer & Naoko Yoshino - Insomnia (1999)

Gidon Kremer & Naoko Yoshino - Insomnia (1999)
works by Jean Françaix, John Cage, Arvo Pärt, Richard Strauss, Nino Rota, Alfred Schnittke
Erik Satie, Toru Takemitsu, Michio Miyagi, Yuji Takahashi, Kaija Saariaho

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 194 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Philips | # 289 456 016-2 | Time: 01:18:10

This is a handsome-looking compact disc release, with strikingly muted graphics in cool purple tones, featuring Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer and Japanese harpist Naoko Yoshina. Here the pretty graphics go a little too far: the buyer finds no listing of compositions on the outside of the package and has no way of knowing what is played aside from a bare mention of the names of the 11 composers featured. That's where the All Classical Guide comes in. The works were all written in the twentieth century. They are: Michio Miyagi's Haru no umi (Ocean in Spring, a calming, melodic piece); Kaija Saariaho's Nocturne for violin solo (a somewhat avant-garde coloristic piece); Toru Takemitsu's Stanza II for harp and tape (also pretty far out and very Japanese-sounding); Yuji Takahashi's Insomnia for violin, voices, and kugo (strange, but oddly soothing); a movement from Satie's Le fils des étoiles as arranged by Takahashi (austere); Jean Françaix's Five Little Duets (100 percent charming); the Étude for violin from Richard Strauss's Daphne (also charming); Six Melodies by John Cage (simple and pleasant); Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel (even simpler and not startling); Nino Rota's love theme from The Godfather (you know this one); and the final movement from Schnittke's Suite in the Old Style (gently Classical except for one deliberately horrendous dissonance).

Pascal Roge - Crystal Dream: Erik Satie & Takashi Yoshimatsu Piano Works (2009)

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Pascal Roge - Crystal Dream: Erik Satie & Takashi Yoshimatsu Piano Works (2009)

Pascal Rogé - Crystal Dream: Erik Satie & Takashi Yoshimatsu Piano Works (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 248 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 205 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Triton/Octavia Records Inc. | # OVCT-00052 | 01:14:49

Japanese label Triton has released a Pascal Rogé album with a rather remarkable program; Crystal Dream features the eminent French pianist in a program that interweaves short piano pieces by Erik Satie with others written by contemporary Japanese composer Takashi Yoshimatsu, mostly pieces drawn from his Pleiades Dances. Both composers employ relatively simple melodic concepts harmonized with elegant, though elemental, kinds of accompaniments, so perhaps the combination makes sense. On the other hand, Satie never lived into the age of rock-based pop music, his engagement with the popular consisting mainly of French music hall tunes, and later in life, a sort of half-understood perception of ragtime rhythm. Yoshimatsu, however, would not be Yoshimatsu if it weren't for his strong connection to pop, though admittedly in Satie's case the pop group Blood, Sweat & Tears' adaptation of his Gymnopédie No. 1 once earned Satie a Grammy-winning single. Either way, one might wonder "how does this combination-slash-conversation work?"

Kaori Muraji - Lumieres (2006)

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Kaori Muraji - Lumieres (2006)

Kaori Muraji - Lumières (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 202 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb | Scans ~ 40 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 7651 DH | Time: 01:01:41

'Lumieres' marks the first UK release for this critically acclaimed performer, exclusively signed to Decca. The album showcases Muraji's distinct guitar arrangements of magnificent piano standards such as Erik Satie's Gymnopédie No.1 and Gymnopédie No.3, Ravel's Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte and The Summer Knows by the famous film composer Michel Legrand, all of which convey themselves as original guitar repertoire. Muraji's core repertoire is reflected with the inclusion of Pierre de Breville's Fantaisie Pour Guitare, and the prolific Japanese composer Takashi Yoshimatsu's Water Color Scalor. She also plays homage to one of the guiding lights of the guitar, Roland Dyens, with her version of Suade No.3. The result is an album of imagination and originality- an innovator interpreting innovators.

John Williams - The Guitarist John Williams (1998)

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John Williams - The Guitarist John Williams (1998)

John Williams - The Guitarist John Williams (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 258 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Guitar | Label: Sony Classical | # SK 60586 | Time: 01:03:01

Music both old and new, but all of it inspired by the timeless modal harmony of medieval and Mediterranean cultures: this is the subject of John Williams's brilliant guitar disc for Sony, which also features his debut as a composer. The main work is his own "Aeolian Suite" for guitar and chamber orchestra, based on both original and 14th-century tunes (one of which, the "Saltarello," appeared on early-music pioneer David Munrow's disc called Instruments of the Middle Ages). The suite is a lovely piece of writing, deftly composed, and neither tacky nor pretentious. It's paired with an inspired assortment of spiritually related but diverse arrangements and original pieces by Satie, Theodorakis, Domeniconi, and an emotionally intense four-movement work called "Stélé," by Australian composer Phillip Houghton. Naturally, Williams performs each piece expertly, but most important, he makes his instrument sing, and that's just what the music demands. Simply super.

Vienna Art Orchestra - The Minimalism of Erik Satie (1989)

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Vienna Art Orchestra - The Minimalism of Erik Satie (1989)

Vienna Art Orchestra - The Minimalism of Erik Satie (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 275 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Experimental Big Band, Creative Orchestra | Label: Hat Hut | # hat ART CD 6024 | 01:15:11

Mathias Rüegg's Vienna Art Orchestra had always been an eclectic bunch, working in the odd jazz or classical cover into its repertoire with some regularity, but for this release, the ensemble went whole hog, leaping into the oeuvre of that grandfather of minimalism, Erik Satie. Originally issued as a two-LP set, every track (save one evocative Gil Evans-y piece by Rüegg) is a Satie composition rearranged, often brilliantly, and generally highlighting two or three individual VAO members. This reductionist technique serves the band well, as it has often had a tendency toward weighty ponderousness. Here, the arrangements are light and linear, affording a supple but transparent platform for the soloists, who are clearly encouraged to venture out into jazzy territory.

Concertegbouw Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli - Barbirolli conducts Erik Satie, Benjamin Britten, Antonin Dvorak (2003)

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Concertegbouw Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli - Barbirolli conducts Erik Satie, Benjamin Britten, Antonin Dvorak (2003)

Erik Satie: Gymnopédies Nos. 1 & 3; Benjamin Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony #7 in D minor, Op. 70 (2003)
Concertegbouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; conducted by Sir John Barbirolli

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 352 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Testament | # SBT1252 | Time: 01:07:28

This is a fine Testament release taken from the archives of Netherlands Radio and enshrines some magnificent Barbirolli performances in somewhat opaque sound. The Satie Gymnopedie's have a delicate and loving sound that reveal Sir John's deep and intrinsic love for the miniaturistic charm of these enchanting pieces. Britten's 'Sinfonia da Requiem' was another Barbirolli speciality and this is one of many recordings available. However it is intriguing to observe the special attention and alertness that the Concertgebouw players impart to the music that takes on an added grandeur. However it is the Dvořák Seventh that is the real highlight of the disc as it is a version to die for! Sir John handles the music with real imagery and heart-on-sleeve emotion that almost rivals Kertész and Sejna, my other preferred versions in this landmark work.