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Satie: Complete Piano Works / Christine Ariagno

Satie / Ariagno,Cristina
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94087   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Unlike the complete set of Liadov’s piano music in this same series, Satie’s piano works, even the slenderest of them, are unquestionably worth hearing. They are also surprisingly difficult to perform effectively. Take the ever-popular Gymnopedies. They are often played either with mechanically strict rhythm and robotic calm, or with a wholly inappropriate romantic rubato. How does the pianist characterize her interpretation while remaining true to the music? Cristina Ariagno finds a way: rhythm remains firm, but dynamics and accents vary subtly, giving each phrase a welcome lift. In short, her general approach works very well in this music, delivering the right simplicity without affectation. She’s also very accomplished in the less Read more Zen-like pieces, such as Sports et Divertissements, which have a nice, crisp edge. Overall, then, this is a fine set, very well recorded, and a worthy update to Ciccolini’s benchmark EMI box.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sarabandes (3) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887; France 
2.
Vexations by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; France 
3.
Nocturnes (5) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
4.
Nocturne for Piano no 6 in D major by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
5.
La belle excentrique by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1902-1920; France 
6.
Le piège de Méduse by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
7.
Préludes (4) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; France 
8.
Préludes (3) du fils des étoiles by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892; France 
9.
Jack-in-the-Box by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
10.
Sports et divertissements by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
11.
Peccadilles importunes by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
12.
Enfantillages pittoresques by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
13.
Menus propos enfantins by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
14.
L'enfance de Ko-Quo by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Paris, France 
15.
Nouvelles pièces enfantines by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
16.
Je te veux for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1900; France 
17.
Le Piccadilly by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1904; France 
18.
Passacaille by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; France 
19.
Poudre d'or by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1901; France 
20.
Petite ouverture à danser by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; France 
21.
Fantasie-valse by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1885; France 
22.
Allegro for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1884; France 
23.
Valse-Ballet by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1885; France 
24.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
25.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890-1897; France 
26.
Gnossienne for Piano no 7 by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891; France 
27.
Pièces froides by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897; France 
28.
Nouvelles pièces froides by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1897-1910; France 
29.
Ogives (4) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886; France 
30.
Leitmotiv du "Panthee" by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891; France 
31.
Première pensée Rose + Croix by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891; France 
32.
Sonneries (3) de la Rose + Croix by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892; France 
33.
Petits chorals (12) by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1906-1909; France 
34.
Danses gothiques by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; France 
35.
Le poisson rêveur by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
36.
Véritables préludes flasques (3) (pour un chien) by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; France 
37.
Descriptions automatiques by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
38.
Embryons desséchés by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
39.
Croquis et agaceries d'un gros bonhomme en bois by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
40.
Chapitres tournés en tous sens by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
41.
Vieux sequins et vieilles cuirasses by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
42.
Heures séculaires et instantanées by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
43.
Valses (3) distinguées du précieux dégoûté by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
44.
Avant-dernières pensées by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
45.
Sonatine bureaucratique by Erik Satie
Performer:  Cristina Ariagno (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 It's difficult to love the piano works of Satie  May 20, 2012 By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ) See All My Reviews "The performance and the recording of these works get 5 stars. Ariagno is a fine pianist and does these somewhat obscure works more than justice. Aside from the Gymnopedies and the Gnossiennes, however, there is little substance to these works. My wife commented that "it sounds like he is making it up as he goes along". Indeed, that could have been the way Mr. Satie wrote these things. Chords, chords, chords, and just when you think you've heard enough chords, you get more chords. Easy on the ear to be sure but not very interesting. " Report Abuse
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