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Erik Satie: Piano Music / Tammar Halperin, piano/harpsichord

Album Summary

>Satie, Erik : Les trois valses distinguées du précieux dégoûté
>Satie, Erik : Trois morceaux en forme de poire
>Satie, Erik : Gymnopedies (3) for Piano
>Satie, Erik : Danses de travers
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 3
>Satie, Erik : Gymnopédie 2
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne for piano no 6
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Satie, Erik : Songe-creux, minuet excercise for piano
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne for piano no 5
>Satie, Erik : Gnossiennes (6) for Piano
>Satie, Erik : Désespoir agréable, counterpoint excercise for piano
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 1
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne for piano no 4
>Satie, Erik : Petite Chorals
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Notes & Reviews:

Stacked Instruments - Tamar Halperin and Guy Sternberg and the Satie sound of today After Erik Satie's death in 1925, friends entered his flat for the first time in years. They were amazed to find, amid countless umbrellas and piles of jumble, two grand pianos stacked one upon another. This is the image that has inspired pianist Tamar Halperin and producer Guy Sternberg to compile their album. They strip down Satie's compositions into their individual voices, play them on various different instruments and stack the pieces on one another. Halperin and Sternberg take a grand piano, harpsichord, Hammond organ and Wurlitzer piano, and a computer too, and address the question of how Satie's music would have sounded today. At the same time, their interpretations reflect Satie's influence on the various generations of artists that followed him. After all, Satie is far more than the archetype of the minimal pianist. He was a composer who blurred the borders between "classical art music" and non-classical, popular styles, introducing various aesthetic concepts into his music such as minimalism, Dadaism, nonsense and surrealism and in the process, leaving his footprints in a wide range of artistic genres. Halperin has her own name for "Gnossienne #2", for instance, she calls it "Freddie Free", because the legendary Miles Davis song "Freddie Freeloader" from his album "Kind of Blue" begins with the same sequence of harmonies. "Gnossienne #1" becomes "The Caf Scene", because Louis Malle's film "Feu Follet" turned the piece into a standard for film soundtracks. "Manie`re de Commencement" is called "Man Ray", because the American artist called one of the lithographs of his series of the same name "Erik Satie's Pear". The album cover is inspired by painter and illustrator Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Tamar Halperin was photographed by cameraman Gregor Hohenberg in a costume from Satie's time. Graphic designer Dirk Rudolph then introduced the photo into an image that plays with elements of Toulouse-Lautrec's aesthetics. The Israeli pianist and harpsichordist Tamar Halperin came to prominence through her work with jazz pianist Michael Wollny on the album "Wunderkammer" (ACT). Her repertoire embraces works from five hundred years of music history. As soloist she works with a wide range of international ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015); Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015).



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Works Details

>Satie, Erik : Les trois valses distinguées du précieux dégoûté :: Son binocle
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1914

>Satie, Erik : Trois morceaux en forme de poire :: En Plus
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Satie, Erik : Gymnopédies (3) for Piano
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Satie, Erik : Danses de travers :: Pièces froides #1
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 3
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Satie, Erik : Gymnopédie 2
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne for piano no 6
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Satie, Erik : Danses de travers :: Pièces froides #2
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015); Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Satie, Erik : Songe-creux, minuet excercise for piano
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1909

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne for piano no 5
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889

>Satie, Erik : Gnossiennes (6) for Piano
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Satie, Erik : Désespoir agréable, counterpoint excercise for piano
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 1
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Satie, Erik : Trois morceaux en forme de poire :: Manière de commencement
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Satie, Erik : Trois morceaux en forme de poire :: Redite
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne for piano no 4
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Satie, Erik : Petite Chorals :: Choral #1
  • Performers: Tamar Halperin (Glockenspiel); Tamar Halperin (Harpsichord); Tamar Halperin (Piano); Tamar Halperin (Wurlitzer Piano); Guy Sternberg (Synthesizer)
  • Notes: Lowswing Studio, Berlin (12/2015); Friendship7 Productions Studio, Kiedrich (12/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908