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SATIE, ERIK (1866–1925)

Complete Piano Works • 3 (New Salabert Edition)

  • Nicolas Horvath, piano

This third volume of Erik Satie’s complete solo piano music using Satie scholar Robert Orledge’s new Salabert Edition focusses on music composed between 1892–97, including theatrical scores such as the revolutionary uspud, and the Danses gothiques and famous Vexations written while the composer was hiding from a tempestuous love affair. The period closes with Satie composing in what he called “a more flexible and accessible way with the final Gnossienne and the six Pièces froides.”

This recording was made on a period instrument: Cosima Wagner’s Erard, model 55613 (1881)


Prélude du Nazaréen (1892) * (00:10:23)
uspud (version for piano) (1892) (00:24:00 )
Act I * (00:09:33)
Act II (00:06:20)
Act III * (00:07:53)
Eginhard: Prélude (1893) (00:02:04)
Danses gothiques (1893) * (00:10:34)
Vexations (1893) (00:07:01)
Sans titre, peut-être pour la Messe des pauvres, "Modéré" (version for piano) (1893) (00:01:04)
La Porte héroïque du ciel: Prélude (1894) * (00:04:50)
Gnossienne No. 6 (1897) (00:02:17)
Sans titre, "?Gnossienne, Petite ouverture à danser" (1897) * (00:02:09)
Pièces froides: No. 1. Airs à faire fuir: 2. (version plus chromatique) (1897) (00:00:26)
Pièces froides (1897) (00:10:00 )
No. 1. Airs à faire fuir: 1. D'une manière très particulière * (00:04:30)
No. 1. Airs à faire fuir: 2. Modestement * (00:01:09)
No. 1. Airs à faire fuir: 3. S'inviter * (00:04:19)
No. 2. Danses de travers: 1. En y regardant à 2 fois * (00:02:02)
No. 2. Danses de travers: 2. Passer * (00:01:44)
No. 2. Danses de travers: 3. Encore * (00:02:37)
Danse de travers II (1897) * (00:03:12)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:24:07

The Artist(s)

Nicolas Horvath Nicolas Horvath is an unusual artist with an unconventional résumé. He began his music studies at the Académie de Musique Prince Rainier III de Monaco, and at the age 16, he caught the attention of the American conductor Lawrence Foster who helped him to secure a three-year scholarship from the Princess Grace Foundation in order to further his studies. His mentors include a number of distinguished international pianists. Known for his boundary-less musical explorations, Horvath is an enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music. He has commissioned numerous works and collaborated with leading contemporary composers from around the world including Philip Glass.

The Composer(s)

A French composer as eccentric in his way of life as in his music, Satie exercised considerable influence over some of his more distinguished contemporaries, including Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc, particularly through his tendency towards extreme simplicity. A number of his compositions have become very familiar to many, largely through their use in other contexts.


“…very well recorded. Everything was very well interpreted. Among the discoveries were the mesmerising mystical sounds of the Prélude du Nazaréen, as well as upsud. A future reference for this music.” – Musique classique & Co

“[Horvath’s] performances have a touching freshness and lack of pretense that seem to me nicely hewing to the spirit of these works.” – Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review