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Noriko Ogawa plays Erik Satie on an 1890 Erard piano, Vol. 1

Album Summary

>Satie, Erik : Gnossiennes (6), for piano
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne for piano no 7
>Satie, Erik : Le Piccadilly
>Satie, Erik : Chapitres tournés en tous sens (Chapters turned every which way), for piano
>Satie, Erik : Avant-dernières pensées (Next-to-last thoughts), pieces (3) for piano
>Satie, Erik : Croquis et agaceries d'un gros bonhomme en bois
>Satie, Erik : Sonatine bureaucratique, for piano
>Satie, Erik : Poudre d'or (Gold Dust), for piano
>Satie, Erik : Embryons desséchés (3 dried-up embryos), for piano
>Satie, Erik : Descriptions automatiques
>Satie, Erik : Heures séculaires et instantanées (Age-old and instantaneous hours), pieces (3) for piano
>Satie, Erik : Prélude en tapisserie, for piano
>Satie, Erik : Les valses (3) distinguées du précieux dégoûté (3 distinguished waltzes of a disgusted dandy), for p
>Satie, Erik : Je te veux (I Want You), café-concert song for voice & piano
>Satie, Erik : Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy)
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Notes & Reviews:

150 years after his birth, Erik Satie is still one of the great enigmas of classical music - a composer who said of himself 'I am not fond of jokes... I never make jokes' but is nevertheless regarded as one of the great tricksters of Western music; who at one stage was involved with esoteric societies such as the Rosicrucian Order and founded a church of his own (the 'Metropolitan Art Church of Jesus the Conductor'), but who could also be strikingly down to earth, preferring the description 'phonometrician' to that of 'musician' and inventing the genre 'furniture music': 'fundamentally industrial' and filling the same role as 'light, heat and all the forms of comfort'. In this anniversary year, Noriko Ogawa launches a complete set of Satie's music for solo piano - a body of works which includes the sets of Gnossiennes and Gymnopédies, which through their use in countless movie sound tracks have reached and affected audiences across the planet, pieces that Satie wrote for his own use when working as a bar pianist (Je te veux, Le Piccadilly), parodies on other composers (Sonatine bureaucratique is a spoof on a sonata by Clementi) as well as experiments such as Vexations, a brief theme with chordal accompaniment which according to an instruction in the score is to be played 840 times! Noriko Ogawa, whose wide-ranging and acclaimed discography includes music by Mozart and Rachmaninov as well as complete recordings of the piano music by her compatriot Toru Takemitsu and by Debussy (a friend and rival of Satie's) performs all of this on an instrument from Satie's own time - an exquisite Erard grand piano built in 1890, the very year that Satie composed his Gnossienne No. 1 which opens this recording and new cycle.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2016
In this utterly delightful disc [Ogawa] manages to convey not only Satie's quirkiness, but his honesty... Ogawa does use the sustaining pedal, but sparingly. She also, as we know, has a fine technique and the relentless gossip of 'Celle qui parle trop' is given the full speed ahead, persuading us that the poor husband might indeed, as Satie's commentary informs us, 'die of exhaustion'.

Sunday Times, 11th September 2016
Ogawa sensibly juggles with chronology, breaks things up with Satie's arrangements of his popular songs and bookends her selection with the Gnossiennes and Gymnopédies. The playing is unfailingly elegant, her crystalline sound enhanced by the Erard she uses.

MusicWeb International, 15th August 2016
Holds its own with other top Satie recordings; there's the added incentive of a period piano and first-rate sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: J Studio, Tokyo College of Music, Japan (08/2015/09/2015).



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Works Details

>Satie, Erik : Gnossiennes (6), for piano
  • Performer: Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889-1897

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne for piano no 7
  • Performer: Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Satie, Erik : Le Piccadilly
  • Performer: Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: circa 1904

>Satie, Erik : Chapitres tournés en tous sens (Chapters turned every which way), for piano
  • Performer: Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Satie, Erik : Avant-dernières pensées (Next-to-last thoughts), pieces (3) for piano
  • Performer: Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Satie, Erik : Croquis et agaceries d'un gros bonhomme en bois
  • Performer: Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Satie, Erik : Sonatine bureaucratique, for piano
  • Performer: Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Satie, Erik : Poudre d'or (Gold Dust), for piano
  • Performer: Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1900

>Satie, Erik : Embryons desséchés (3 dried-up embryos), for piano
  • Performer: Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Satie, Erik : Descriptions automatiques
  • Performer: Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Satie, Erik : Heures séculaires et instantanées (Age-old and instantaneous hours), pieces (3) for piano
  • Performer: Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Satie, Erik : Prélude en tapisserie, for piano
  • Performer: Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Satie, Erik : Les valses (3) distinguées du précieux dégoûté (3 distinguished waltzes of a disgusted dandy), for p
  • Performer: Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1914

>Satie, Erik : Je te veux (I Want You), café-concert song for voice & piano
  • Performer: Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Satie, Erik : Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy)
  • Performer: Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888