Stephen Rees Interprets Erik Satie
Occupying a place in French piano music between the refined lyricism of Fauré and the sparse impressionism of Debussy, Erik Satie’s music has an enchanting gem-like perfection and lightness of touch.
Satie sets out to entice with deceptively simple, ingenious compositions, freedom of form and mastery of musical understatement. His nonsensical, imaginative titles and whimsical performance instructions appear as a joking defence of a famously insecure man, uncertain of his standing besides Ravel and Stravinsky, the latter who once described him as "the oddest person he had ever known", but also the most "consistently witty".
Satie's best-known pieces, the lovely three Gymnopédies, are sensitively interpreted by the English pianist Stephen Rees, whose light fingered approach to Satie’s music shows he truly understands the works. This album is a delightful collection of some of the finest classical works ever, which you will savour again and again.
"The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals, but he is also the proudest. It is he who invented the sublime art of ruining poetry" ~ Erik Satie
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