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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Erik Satie - Gymnopédies; Gnossiennes (Pascal Rogé)

Composer: Erik Satie
  1. Gymnopédie No. 1 (Lent et douloureux)
  2. Gymnopédie No. 2 (Lent et triste)
  3. Gymnopédie No. 3 (Lent et grave)
  4. Je te veux
  5. 4 Préludes flasques
  6. Prélude en tapisserie
  7. Nocturne No. 4
  8. Vieux Sequins et Vieilles Cuirasses
  9. Embryons desséchés
  10. Gnossienne No. 1 (Lent)
  11. Gnossienne No. 2 (Avec étonnement)
  12. Gnossienne No. 3 (Lent)
  13. Gnossienne No. 4
  14. Gnossienne No. 5
  15. Gnossienne No. 6
  16. Sonatine bureaucratique
  17. Le Picadilly

Pascal Rogé, piano
Date: 1983
Label: Decca



The cool clarity of this CD recording is appropriate for Satie's music, especially the Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes, which here seem to exist in a world of their own, quiet, timeless, separate. When reviewing the LP I suggested that in the cabaret song transcriptions, Je te veux and Le Piccadilly, Roge needed to relax more and aim for a drier tone: the latter is to some degree produced here, although the recording still sounds too close. Again, I complained about the undue richness of tone in Vieux sequins, and this has been to some extent refined. Many of Roge's interpretations are entirely admirable, such as those of Embryons desseches and the Sonatine, and certainly they are preferable on CD. Further, this disc plays for over an hour.

-- Gramophone

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Erik Satie (17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925) was a French composer and pianist. Satie was a colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde. His work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, Surrealism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd. In addition to his body of music, Satie was "a thinker with a gift of eloquence" who left a remarkable set of writings, having contributed work for a range of publications, from the dadaist 391 to the American culture chronicle Vanity Fair.


Pascal Rogé (born 6 April 1951) is a French pianist. At the age of 11, he was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire and won first prize for both piano and chamber music by the age of 15. Rogé's particular strengths lie in his sensitive and personal interpretations of 20th century French composers; he has made recordings of complete cycles of Ravel, Poulenc, and Satie, among others. His repertoire also includes d'Indy, Saint-Saëns, as well as the great German masters -- Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, and Beethoven.


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  4. Deutsche Welle: Dokumentation

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