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Orchestral Works [Import]

E. Satie Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000005GIM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,578 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Choral
2. II. Fugue Litanique
3. III. Autre Choral
4. IV. Fugue De Papier
5. Gymnopedie No.1
6. Gymnopedie No.3
7. Choral-Prelude Du Rideau Rouge I. Prestidigateur Chinois. II. Petite Fille Americaine III. Acrobates
8. Finale-Suite Au 'Prld Du Rideau Rouge'
9. I. Ouverture. II. Projectionnette-Rideau
10. III. Entree De La Femme IV. Musique...
11. V. Entree De Borlin. VI. Danse De La Porte Tournante
12. VII. Entree Des Hommes. VIII. Danse Des Hommes. IX. Danse De La Femme. X. Final Deuxieme Partie.
13. XI. Musique De Rentree. XII. Rentree Des Hommes. XIII. Rentree De La Femme. XIV. Les Hommes Se Devetissent. XV. Danse De Borlin Et De La Femme. XVI. Les Hommes Regagnet Leur Place
14. XVII. Danse De La Brouette. XVIII. Danse De La Couronne. XIX. La Danseur Repose La Couronne. XX. La Femme Rejoint Son Fauteuil. XXI. La Queue Du Chien.
15. 3e Gnossienne
16. Grande Ritournelle
17. Marche Franco-Lunaire
18. Valse Du Mysterieux Baiser Dans L'oeil
19. Cancan Grand Mondain
20. I. Modere
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3.0 out of 5 stars A curate's egg December 1, 2009
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This is a difficult one; I guess debates will continue over the quality of Satie's music overall, but if it were based on his orchestral music alone I would actually have to count myself among the detractors, I think (that is not to say that his music didn't effect strong influences on other composers who indeed went on to compose masterpieces). But I am hesitant about drawing any clear conclusion - I found this disc to be mildly disappointing, but I find it hard to determine how much this is due to compositional shortcomings and how much to somewhat characterless performances.

All the music here is small-scale, with the Debussy orchestration of the Third Gymnopédie being the only one to stretch above the three-minute mark. Part of the problem when it comes to the listening experience is the very sectional and stop-start nature of the works. Thus listening to Parade and Relâche straight through becomes wearisome because of the fitfulness - even though the performances, playing with a certain lack of variety in terms of colors and textures manage to make the various numbers sound almost indistinguishable; variety of character is a must in this music, and is definitely not the strong side of this performance.The Toulouse Capitol Orchestra sounds like a very small band, and that works better in some pieces than in others. I have misgivings about the performances of the Gymnopedies and the Gnossienne as well, which sound slow and almost a little dreary, as does En habit de cheval, unfortunately. La belle exentrique sounds jolly and characterful, however, and I also liked the performance of the very insubstantial Le Piccadilly. The Cinq grimaces is also something of a highlight, but it is partially, I suspect, because Milhaud was such a superior orchestrator.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Like Erik Satie, You'll Like This Collection January 28, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Satie was not an easy composer for me to get to know. When I first started listening to and collecting classical composers' recordings, I happened onto a Satie disc. For several years afterwards it was my private example of a bad disc. Then, Satie began to grow on me. Now, I would rate him as one of the great French composers. His piano music is more well known. One reason for this is a piano is more limited in its range of textures. Surely some of this music is very characterful in its orchestrations. Some might remind you of silent comedy film music. Satie clearly enjoyed playing with textures and satirizing his modern early-1900s world. New sounds such as traffic and machinery were influences, just as they were for Gershwin. There is a purposeful modernism to some of Satie's arrangements. But, there are little gems of melody and sometimes they are even hauntingly beautiful.
This disc is performed by a French orchestra and Plasson is a sympathetic and passionate conductor. Someone said of Ronald Corp's version on Hyperion that he was occasionally dry in his interpretation. Michel Plasson conducts it with complete investment. The French players seem to share his enthusiasm and are able to play appropriately for each piece's mood. When it's light they play jauntily, never dryly. My headline was purposeful. If you don't like Satie, this disc may not convert you. But, if you do like him and his adventurous, spirited music, this disc will reward you.
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