Satie - Choix d'œuvres pour piano, Parade

Satie - Choix d'œuvres pour piano, Parade

Praga Digitals  PRD/DSD 250 299

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Instrumental

Satie: Petite ouverture à danser; Gnossienne No.'s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7; Cinq grimaces pour “Le songe d’une nuit d’été”; Gymnopédie No.'s 1, 2, 3; Croquis et agaceries d’un gros bonhomme en bois; Les 3 valses distinguées du précieux dégouté; Première pensée Rose-Croix; La belle Excentrique: Marche franco-lunaire, Valse du mystérieux baiser dans l’oeil; Pièces froides; La Diva de l’Empire; Troisième Sarabande; Descriptions automatiques; Parade – musique de ballet pour orchestre (1916)

Christoph Deluze, piano
Orchestre National de France
Manuel Rosenthal

'Erik Satie's music is singular in numerous respects, in particular its simplicity of harmony and repetitions. The composer's occasionally minimalist writing seems to stem from a desire for music that was airier and easier to 'digest' at a time when works calling for large forces and playing times that were sometimes very long [Wagner operas, perhaps] were very much in fashion. Hence a return to a certain simplicity and the search for elementary emotion. I hope that listening to this disc will be both a caress for the soul and a spark for the mind! As Satie would say in his prologue to the 'Descriptions automatiques': 'it is quite obvious that the flattened, the insignificant and the bloated will take no pleasure here. May they swallow their beards, may they dance on their belly.'' [from the booklet note by Christoph Deluze] Christoph Deluze's selection of Satie's eclectic piano music is followed by 'Parade' in a recording from 1959. 'Astonish me', Diaghilev reputedly said to Cocteau one evening. In 1915 the latter would bring together the painter Picasso, the dancer/choreographer Massine, and Satie for the music of this ballet. The premiere took place on 18 May 1917 at the Théatre du Châtelet and provoked a real scandal, comparable to that of 'The Rite of Spring', four years earlier.

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