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Satie: Piano Music / Yitkin Seow


Release Date: 12/14/2004 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55175   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Erik Satie
Performer:  Yitkin Seow
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

We have had to wait far too long for this first solo recording from Yitkin Seow, for he is an excellent pianist with a keen sense of style. I would like to have from him and Hyperion such mainstream works as the Brahms Paganini Variations or the Chopin B minor Sonata, music that he plays very well; but failing that his artistry is fully evident in the present Satie collection. The recital begins with the composer's most popular pieces, the three Gymnopédies, sensitively done but, given their simplicity and Greek inspiration, arguably just a tiny bit too beautified (or cosmeticiz.ed) by rubato compared with the more straightforward Peter Lawson on his Classics for Pleasure disc. The same goes for the Gnossiennes, but I hasten to add Read more that Scow's freedom did not worry me seriously and he does characterize each piece welt, thus avoiding monotony. In drier pieces such as the Embryons iesséchés he gives us wit and point, playing the 'fake endings'—and the references to Chopin's Funeral March and other music—with just enough humour to emphasize their jokes yet not overdoing them. It is similar with the 'Clementine' stylization of the Sonatine bureaucratique. Altogether this is an attractive and well-chosen Satie collection, well recorded in St Barnabas's Church in North London with an acceptable degree of reverberation.

-- Gramophone [12/1989]
reviewing the original release of this title, Hyperion 66344
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Works on This Recording

1.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Yitkin Seow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Yitkin Seow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890-1897; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
Embryons desséchés by Erik Satie
Performer:  Yitkin Seow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4.
Croquis et agaceries d'un gros bonhomme en bois by Erik Satie
Performer:  Yitkin Seow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5.
Sports et divertissements by Erik Satie
Performer:  Yitkin Seow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 21 Secs. 
6.
Heures séculaires et instantanées by Erik Satie
Performer:  Yitkin Seow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
7.
Valses (3) distinguées du précieux dégoûté by Erik Satie
Performer:  Yitkin Seow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
8.
Sonatine bureaucratique by Erik Satie
Performer:  Yitkin Seow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
9.
Nocturnes (5) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Yitkin Seow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1989 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 12 Minutes 58 Secs. 

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