Satie: Gymnopedies and other piano works

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Satie: Gymnopedies and other piano works
Aldo Ciccolini (piano)

[ Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues / EMI / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 20 April 2015

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The enigmatic serenity of the Gymnopédies ... the hypnotic looping of the Gnossiennes ... the surreal fantasies of Embryons desséchés: Erik Satie's piano music is both idiosyncratic and prophetic. Aldo Ciccolini, born in Naples, but an adoptive Frenchman, affirms his reputation as Satie's most eloquent advocate in these recordings from the 1980s. When he died in early 2015, Ciccolini was hailed as "a giant of the piano".

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"No more committed or convincing champion of this music could be found than Ciccolini, who equally well conveys, for example, the tenderness of the fifth Gnossienne, the pre-Poulenc pert humour and charm of the Morceaux en forme de poire and the frenetic gaiety of the 'Grande ritournelle' of La Belle excentrique." Gramophone Magazine

"Ciccolini 1980s Satie recordings are notable for their big-boned, magisterially sculptured approach. He avoids romanticising or sentimentalising the music, and it's stronger for it." BBC Music


Trois Gymnopedies
Six Gnossiennes
Croquis et agaceries d'un gros bonhomme en bois
Empryons desseches
Sonatine bureaucratique
Avant-dernieres pensees
Véritables préludes flasques (pour un chien)
Nocturnes (5)
Trois Morceaux En Forme De Poire
La belle excentrique