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Satie for Relaxation - Dickinson, Allen, Stoltzman, et al

Album Summary

>Satie, Erik : Gymnopedies (3) for Piano
>Satie, Erik : Le Piege de Meduse, 1-act lyric comedy
>Satie, Erik : Caresse, for piano
>Satie, Erik : Poudre d'or (Gold Dust), for piano
>Satie, Erik : Reverie du pauvre, for piano
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 1
>Satie, Erik : Gnossiennes (6) for Piano
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 3
>Satie, Erik : Work(s)
>Satie, Erik : Prelude en tapisserie, for piano
>Satie, Erik : Cafe-concert songs (3)
>Satie, Erik : Pièces froides
>Satie, Erik : Prelude de la porte heroique du ciel
>Satie, Erik : Nocturnes (5) for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Lars Hannibal (guitar); Nancy Allen (harp); Michala Petri (recorder); Richard Stoltzman (clarinet); Peter Dickinson, John White (piano).

The playfully mischievous and the lyrically lush swirl together in the unfussy musical language of Erik Satie. The notion of his music as relaxing background music would have no doubt appealed to Satie, who conceived of "furniture music" which could be "part of the surrounding noises...melodious, softening the clatter of knives and forks, without imposing itself." This present recording serves up a most satisfying meal of Satie's musical dishes, the main course being the charming and restrained performances of Peter Dickinson on piano. Dessert is undoubtedly the transcriptions of numbers 1 and 2 of the Gymnopédies. The transcription of the first, arranged for clarinet and harp, enjoys the beautiful tone and impeccable musicianship of clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. The combination of recorder and guitar in the transcription of the second of the Gymnopédies transforms the piece: Michala Petri modulates the sound of the recorder in such a way as to make it sound almost like an accordion at a Parisian cafe.



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>Satie, Erik : Gymnopédies (3) for Piano
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Satie, Erik : Le Piège de Méduse, 1-act lyric comedy
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Satie, Erik : Caresse, for piano
  • Performer: John White (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1897

>Satie, Erik : Poudre d'or (Gold Dust), for piano
  • Performers: Peter Dickinson (Piano); Erik Satie
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1900

>Satie, Erik : Rêverie du pauvre, for piano
  • Performers: Erik Satie; John White (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Satie, Erik : Gymnopédies (3) for Piano
  • Performers: Nancy Allen (Harp); Erik Satie; Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 1
  • Performers: Ikuya Kamiya (Piano); Erik Satie
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Satie, Erik : Gnossiennes (6) for Piano
  • Performers: Ikuya Kamiya (Piano); Erik Satie
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 3
  • Performers: Ikuya Kamiya (Piano); Erik Satie
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Satie, Erik : Work(s) :: Works
  • Performers: Peter Dickinson (Piano); Erik Satie
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884-1925

>Satie, Erik : Prélude en tapisserie, for piano
  • Performers: Peter Dickinson (Piano); Erik Satie
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Satie, Erik : Café-concert songs (3)
  • Performers: Peter Dickinson (Piano); Erik Satie
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Satie, Erik : Gymnopédies (3) for Piano
  • Performers: Lars Hannibal (Guitar); Michala Petri (Recorder); Erik Satie
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Satie, Erik : Pièces froides :: Tunes to Chase Away
  • Performers: Peter Dickinson (Piano); Erik Satie
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Satie, Erik : Prélude de la porte héroïque du ciel
  • Performers: Erik Satie; John White (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Satie, Erik : Nocturnes (5) for piano :: no 2
  • Performers: Ikuya Kamiya (Piano); Erik Satie
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919