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SATIE, ERIK (1866–1925)

Nuit Erik Satie (DVD)

  • Nicolas Horvath, piano

Erik Satie:
3 Gnossiennes
Le piège de Méduse, “7 Monkey Dances”: Nos. 1, 2, 4, 7
Pièces froides: Nos. 1 and 2
Descriptions automatiques: Nos. 2 and 3
Le fils des étoiles: Autre musique pour le Troisième Acte
Sports et divertissements: Nos. 1, 2, 5
Premier menuet
Harmonies Délectables
Gnossienne No. 4
4 Ogives: Ogive No. 4
3 Gymnopédies: Nos. 1 and 3
Chanson hongroise
Enfantillages pittoresques
Sonatine bureaucratique
Gnossienne No. 5
Leit-motiv du Panthée
Quartet No. 2
Avant-dernières pensées: No. 2. Aubade

Nicolas Horvath, piano

Recorded live at the Philharmonie de Paris, France, 6 October 2018

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Language: French
Subtitles: English, German, Japanese, Korean
Booklet notes: English, French
Running time: 90 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)

The Artist(s)

Nicolas Horvath Nicolas Horvath began his music studies at Monaco’s Académie de Musique et de Théâtre Prince Rainier III and soon began to make an impression on a number of artists who would become his mentors. Aged 16 he caught the attention of the American conductor Lawrence Foster before coming to the notice of several distinguished international pianists, including Liszt specialist Leslie Howard. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including First Prize at both the Scriabin and the Luigi Nono International Competitions. He has become noted for hosting concerts of unusual length, sometimes lasting over twelve hours, such as the overnight performance of the complete piano music of Erik Satie at the Paris Philharmonie before a cumulative audience of 14,000 people. In 2019 he performed alongside Philip Glass at the same venue in a programme devoted to the American composer’s piano music. Horvath’s extensive and varied discography on Grand Piano includes the highly acclaimed Philip Glass solo piano music edition, Glassworlds; the complete piano works of Erik Satie; piano sonatas by the Estonian composer Jaan Rääts and music by the American experimental composer Alvin Lucier; Carl Czerny’s 30 Études; and lesser-known piano music by Claude Debussey, Anne-Louise Brillion de Jouy and Hélène de Montgeroult. Nicolas is a Steinway Artist.

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.