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Satie: Popular Piano Works / Aldo Ciccolini


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Emi Seraphim Catalog #: 73705   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

[The Trois Gymnopédies'] understated, cool fluency is marvellously conveyed by Ciccolini, whose sense of tempo is admirable throughout the collection, as too is his judgement of phrasing and dynamics. Of course there is a greater musical range than these early pieces imply, and the performances of the entertaining café-style music, such as Pièce en forme de poire or La belle excentrique, are excellent examples of the composer in more lively and extrovert mood. On the other hand, some of the later works, such as the Nocturnes of 1919, are somewhat intellectual in approach and manner, altogether unconcerned with entertainment.

Having said all this, Satie's greatest musical strength remains his innate wit, a
Read more commodity to be valued in music as in life. In this regard it is worth observing that Ciccolini always keeps the music moving along, without imposing undue emphasis on forced characterisation.

— Terry Barfoot, MusicWeb International [4/2002] Reviewing EMI 74534
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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 
Length: 7 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2. Gnossiennes (6) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890-1897; France 
Length: 13 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3. Morceaux en forme de poire by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1903; France 
Length: 11 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4. Jack-in-the-Box by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5. La belle excentrique by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1902-1920; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6. Sports et divertissements by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Length: 12 Minutes 33 Secs. 
7. Embryons desséchés by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
8. En habit de cheval by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
9. Nocturnes (5) for Piano: no 1, Doux et calme by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Satie's "Simplement" and "Un peu mouvementé." 
10. Nocturnes (5) for Piano: no 2, Simplement by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Satie's "Doux et calme" and "Un peu mouvementé." 
11. Nocturnes (5) for Piano: no 3, Un peu mouvementé by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Satie's "Doux et calme" and "Simplement." 

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