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The Best Of Erik Satie / Körmendi, Kaltenbach, Nancy So


Release Date: 05/16/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8556688   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Erik Satie
Performer:  Klára Körmendi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For me, the real "Best of Satie" would include at least excerpts from the opera Socrate and the ballet Parade. But this is a nice overview of the eccentric composer's keyboard gems, culled from Klára Körmendi's excellent Satie cycle for Naxos. Many pianists take Satie's wistful melodic sensibility as license to let the music wallow and droop. Körmendi will have none of that. Her sensitive, expertly colored playing brings uncommon, refreshing urgency to the first three Nocturnes, the well-worn Gymnopédies, and all six Gnossiennes. Moreover, she has a way of making the composer's idiosyncratic expressive indications audible without hitting listeners over the head. The disc concludes with the Gymnopédies in their familiar orchestrations by Read more Debussy (Nos. 1 & 3) and Roland-Manuel (No. 2). The French orchestra plays rather patchily in the first but redeems itself with some very nice playing in the other two. No. 3 features a lovely oboe soloist surrounded by silvery, reed-organ-like high strings. If you're looking for a Satie piano music start-up kit, this is the one.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Klára Körmendi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Klára Körmendi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890-1897; France 
Length: 14 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Je te veux for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Klára Körmendi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1900; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
Avant-derničres pensées by Erik Satie
Performer:  Klára Körmendi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Café-concert songs (3): La diva de l'empire by Erik Satie
Performer:  Klára Körmendi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
6.
Valses (3) distinguées du précieux dégoűté by Erik Satie
Performer:  Klára Körmendi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
7.
Sarabandes (3) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Klára Körmendi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 12 Minutes 40 Secs. 
8.
Nocturnes (5) for Piano: no 1, Doux et calme by Erik Satie
Performer:  Klára Körmendi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
9.
Nocturnes (5) for Piano: no 2, Simplement by Erik Satie
Performer:  Klára Körmendi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
10.
Nocturnes (5) for Piano: no 3, Un peu mouvementé by Erik Satie
Performer:  Klára Körmendi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
11.
Ręverie du pauvre by Erik Satie
Performer:  Klára Körmendi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 

Sound Samples

3 Gymnopedies: No. 1: Lent et douloureux
3 Gymnopedies: No. 2: Lent et triste
3 Gymnopedies: No. 3: Lent et grave
Gnossienne No. 5: No. 1: Lent
Gnossienne No. 5: No. 2: Avec etonnement
Gnossienne No. 5: No. 3: Lent
Gnossienne No. 5: No. 4: Lent
Gnossienne No. 5: No. 5: Modere
Gnossienne No. 5: No. 6: Avec conviction et une tristesse rigoureuse
Je te veux: (Valse pour Piano)
Avant-dernieres pensees: 1. Idylle 2. Aubade 3. Meditation
La diva de l'Empire: La Diva de l'Empire (Intermezzo Americain d'apres la celebre chanson)
Les 3 valses distinguees du precieux degoute: 1. Sa Taille - 2. Son Binoche - 3. Ses Jambes
3 Sarabandes: Premiere Sarabande
3 Sarabandes: Deuxieme Sarabande
3 Sarabandes: Troisieme Sarabande
Nocturnes Nos. 1-3: Premier Nocturne
Nocturnes Nos. 1-3: Deuxieme Nocturne
Nocturnes Nos. 1-3: Troisieme Nocturne
Reverie du pauvre: Reverie du Pauvre
3 Gymnopedies: No. 1: Lent et douloureux (orch. Debussy)
3 Gymnopedies: No. 2: Lent et triste (orch. Roland-Manuel)
3 Gymnopedies: No. 3: Lent et grave (orch. Debussy)

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