Popular Piano Works
Aldo Ciccolini performs the most popular piano works of Erik Satie: Three Gymnopedies; Six Gnossiennes; Three Pieces in the Shape of a Pear; Jack in Box; The Eccentric Ball; Sports and Entertainments; Dried Embryos; In Riding Habit; Three Nocturnes.
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This version has always been my favorite. I bought, and still have, the vinyl version of this. In fact I bought it twice since I once carelessly scratched an album.
No fireworks or false colorations, just pure Satie channeled thru Signore Ciccolini. Bravo!!
The other works are worth listening to. I really enjoy the Six Gnossiennes and the Trois Nocturnes as well. This recording is very generous, offering the following pieces: (I've included the total time for each work)
Trois Gymnopedies (7'38)
Six Gnossienes (13'01)
Trois Morceaux en Forme du Poire (11'00)
Jack in Box (6'36)
La Balle Excentrique (6'09)
Sports Et Divertissements (12'33)
Embryons Desseches (5'12)
En Habit De Cheval (6'31)
Trois Nocturnes (8'35)
The piano performance is superb and the sound quality is excellent. I can find no better introduction to Satie's popular piano works than this CD. Enjoy this music for a nice relaxing, or romantic evening.
Aside from delivering one of the better performances of 'Trois Gymnopedies', Ciccolini offers both an invigorating version of 'Jack in the Box', as well as a suitably loopy rendition of 'Le Balle Excentrique'. All in all, a great introduction to Satie, and one that may be enough for most.
The most known piano piece is Lent et Douloureux an absolute must have!
Minimalist to a fault--but the watercolors are vivid.