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Satie: L'oeuvre Pour Piano / Aldo Ciccolini


Release Date: 02/12/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 74534   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Liner notes for this title are in French.

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Erik Satie's reputation as a musical maverick and noncomformist (a hippie before his time, so to speak) struck a chord with music lovers in the late 1960s and early 1970s. All of a sudden, Satie became as fashionable as Tiny Tim and the musical Hair. Even Blood, Sweat, and Tears (of "Spinning Wheel" fame) covered Satie's Gymnopédie No. 1, while a disc of Moog-synthesized Satie got 10 seconds' worth of attention. The timing couldn't have been better for Aldo Ciccolini to record almost all of Satie's solo piano music for EMI, as well as overdub himself in selected piano duet works. At the dawning of the age of the compact disc Ciccolini remade the
Read more Satie project, but with a tinge of self-consciousness and posterity's eagle eye hovering over the sessions.

Maybe Ciccolini didn't follow Satie's dynamics to the nth degree the first time around, but his playing seems more crisply contoured, spirited, and no more expressive than necessary. There's none of Reinbert de Leeuw's "look ma, slow hands" posturings, no Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes pumped up and weighed down with interpretive baggage. Ciccolini simply plays this music straight and makes it move, from the dashing character pieces in Sports et divertissements and lilting Nocturnes to the static, ceremonial Ogives, meditative Sonneries de la Rose + Croix, and the strangely elegant Sarabandes. Bits and pieces of Ciccolini's first Satie cycle previously circulated on CD, but not the whole thing. For five CDs at budget price, you can't get a better Satie deal on the planet. Too bad the texts are in French only. Ah, c'est la vie! Order this set now, before the catalog deletion police come a-calling.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
2.
Heures séculaires et instantanées by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
3.
Valses (3) distinguées du précieux dégoûté by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
4.
Avant-dernières pensées by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
5.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890-1897; France 
6.
Morceaux en forme de poire by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1903; France 
Notes: Aldo Ciccolini performs both piano parts in this recording. 
7.
Croquis et agaceries d'un gros bonhomme en bois by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
8.
Nocturnes (5) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
9.
La belle excentrique by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1902-1920; France 
Notes: Aldo Ciccolini performs both piano parts in this recording. 
10.
Descriptions automatiques by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
11.
Véritables préludes flasques (3) (pour un chien) by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; France 
12.
Vieux sequins et vieilles cuirasses by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
13.
En habit de cheval by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Notes: Aldo Ciccolini performs both piano parts in this recording. 
14.
Sports et divertissements by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
15.
Chapitres tournés en tous sens by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
16.
Aperçus désagréables by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1912; France 
17.
Embryons desséchés by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
18.
Sarabandes (3) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887; France 
19.
Rêverie de l'enfance de Pantagruel by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
20.
Les pantins dansent by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
21.
Passacaille by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; France 
22.
Le piège de Méduse by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
23.
Menus propos enfantins by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
24.
Enfantillages pittoresques by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
25.
Peccadilles importunes by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
26.
Pièces froides by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897; France 
27.
Prélude en tapisserie by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; France 
28.
Nouvelles pièces froides by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1897-1910; France 
29.
Première pensée Rose + Croix by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891; France 
30.
Sonneries (3) de la Rose + Croix by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892; France 
31.
Rêveries nocturnes (2) by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Notes: This work was revised by Robert Caby. 
32.
Petite ouverture à danser by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; France 
Notes: This work was revised by Robert Caby. 
33.
Préludes (4) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; France 
34.
Préludes (3) du fils des étoiles by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892; France 
35.
Jack-in-the-Box by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
36.
Pièces (6) de la période 1906-1913 by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1913; France 
37.
Musiques intimes et secrètes by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Notes: This work was revised by Robert Caby. 
38.
Carnet d'esquisses et de croquis by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Notes: This work was revised by Robert Caby. 
39.
Premier menuet by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
40.
Petites pièces montées (3) by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Notes: Aldo Ciccolini performs both piano parts in this recording. 
41.
Ogives (4) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886; France 
42.
Danses gothiques by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; France 
43.
Sonatine bureaucratique by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; France 
44.
Poudre d'or by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1901; France 
45.
Pages mystiques by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
46.
Petits chorals (12) by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1906-1909; France 
Notes: This work was revised by Robert Caby. 
47.
Préludes flasques (4) (pour un chien) by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 

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