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SATIE, Erik (1866-1925)

COMPLETE PIANO WORKS • 4


  • Nicolas Horvath, piano

‘Everything I undertake misfires immediately. I produce dirty rubbish and that will accomplish nothing.’ So wrote Erik Satie in 1903 during a period of transition that saw him produce the last of his Rose Croix style music in Verset laïque & somptueux, but in making a living writing for the music halls, he also created hugely popular songs such as Je te veux. The works on this fourth volume of Satie’s complete solo piano music were written between 1897 and 1906. They include rare theatre music and tender waltzes that contrast with jaunty ragtime and pantomime dances.

Tracklist

Satie, Erik
1
Pièce sans titre, "Caresse" (1897) (1897) (00:02:23)
2
Je te veux (1901) (00:05:37)
 
Jack in the Box (1899) (00:08:00 )
3
I. Prélude * (00:02:47)
4
II. Entr'acte * (00:02:46)
5
III. Final * (00:02:31)
6
La mort de Monsieur Mouche: Prélude (1900) * (00:01:32)
7
Verset laïque et somptueux (1900) (00:00:55)
8
Le Poisson rêveur (The Dreamy Fish), "Modéré" (1901) (00:07:09)
9
Le bœuf Angora (The Angora Ox) (version for piano) (1901) (00:05:42)
10
Poudre d'or (1902) (00:05:51)
11
Tendrement (version for piano) (1902) * (00:03:00)
12
Illusion (1902) * (00:04:51)
13
Le Piccadilly (1904) (00:01:54)
14
La Diva de l'Empire (Marche chantée dans la Revue Dévidons la bobine!) (1904) * (00:01:56)
15
La Diva de l'Empire (intermezzo américain d'après la célèbre chanson de Bonnard, Blès et Satie) (arr. H. Ourdine for piano) (1904) * (00:03:00)
Bach, Johann Sebastian
16
Nun ruhen alle Wälder, BWV 392 (arr. E. Satie for piano) (1906) * (00:01:17)
Satie, Erik
17
Pousse l'amour: Chanson andalouse (1906) * (00:02:11)
18
[Exercise] [pour quatuor à cordes] (1905) * (00:00:40)
19
Fugue-valse (1906) * (00:01:34)
20
Passacaille (1906) (00:02:37)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:00:13

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)

Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach belonged to a dynasty of musicians. In following inevitable family tradition, he excelled his forebears and contemporaries, although he did not always receive in his own lifetime the respect he deserved. Despite widespread neglect for almost a century after his death, Bach is now regarded as one of the greatest of all composers. Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis numbers, abbreviated to BWV, are generally accepted for convenience of reference.
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.