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SATIE, Erik (1866 - 1925)


  • Nicolas Horvath, piano

This second volume of Erik Satie’s complete solo piano music using Satie scholar Robert Orledge’s new Salabert Edition is devoted almost entirely to the enigmatic Le Fils des étoiles. Composed as incidental music for a play set in 3000BC, and announced as having ‘an admirably oriental character’, this is one of Satie’s longest scores and rarely heard complete. At its première the work, which comprises short juxtaposed sections as well as an attractive Gnossienne towards the end of Act I, ‘was met by an icy silence’!


Le Fils des étoiles (1891) (01:18:01 )
Act I: Prélude, "La Vocation" * (00:03:53)
Autre musique pour le Premier Acte * (00:21:28)
Act II: Prélude, "L'Initiation" * (00:03:25)
Autre musique pour le Deuxième Acte * (00:20:59)
Act III: Prélude, "L'Incantation" * (00:05:10)
Autre musique pour le Troisième Acte * (00:18:38)
Fête donnée par des chevaliers normands en l'honneur d'une jeune demoiselle (1892) (00:03:08)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:16:41

The Artist

Horvath, Nicolas Recognised as a leading interpreter of Liszt’s music, Nicolas Horvath has in recent years become one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. Holder of a number of awards, including first prize of the Scriabin and the Luigi Nono International Competitions, he frequently organizes events and concerts of unusual length, sometimes over twelve hours, such as Philip Glass’ complete piano music or Erik Satie’s Vexations, and composers from a number of countries have written for him. Nicolas Horvath is a Steinway artist.