NICOLAS HORVATH has once again graced the Grand Hall of the Philharmonie de Paris, this time in an 8-hour recital of Erik Satie’s complete piano works. Many journals subsequently hailed it as the leading cultural event of the 2018 Paris Nuit Blanche (White Night) Festival. Horvath opened this latest in his series of epic programmes on the evening of October 6 with Vexations, and finished with Gymnopédie No. 1 the next morning. Horvath presented Philip Glass’ complete works for piano in the same venue two years ago, when the recital lasted some 12 hours. You can watch a video of the entire Satie concert by visiting PhilharmoniedeParis.fr (available for the next six months).
The latest volume in Horvath’s Satie complete piano edition on Grand Piano was released in May 2018 (GP763). Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review commented that “His performances have a touching freshness and lack of pretense that seem to me nicely hewing to the spirit of these works. In that way perhaps you hear the Satie a little bit more than you hear the pianist, which is in no way a bad thing. Horvath is pretty selfless throughout.” Previous volumes in the set are available on GP761 (Vol. 1) and GP762 (Vol. 2).