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Best Erik Satie album?

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I've been in love with erik satie's work for a long time. does anyone know of a well recorded album?
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or if the klara kormendi complete works set is worth it? (though it is very cheap on amazon)
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The two albums recorded by Pascal Roge in the 80s are very beautiful and are probably my favourite renditions of the classic pieces, unfortunately the running order of the CDs jumps about a bit in time, so it's not as cohesive an experience as it might be:

1. 3 Gymnopedies & Other Piano Works (1984)
2. Piano Works (1989)

For complete piano works my absolute favourite is the 5 CD Complete Solo Piano Music by Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

For the Rosicrucian period you can also try:

Musique de la Rose-Croix (Goran GoriĊĦek & Richard Cameron-Wolfe) (2006)

And for non-piano Satie:

Socrate (Richard Bernas) (1990)

If you want some recommendations on the cubist or furniture music periods just let me know!
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Reinbert de Leeuw.
After I heard this performance, all others seemed superfluous.
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Reinbert de Leeuw.
After I heard this performance, all others seemed superfluous.
He's very slow though, don't you think he labours the point a bit? In my view the Dutch players make Satie sound dour and technical, the Italians make him sound bombastic... the French players achieve a sensitivity towards the material that reveal all the colours of Satie, not just the obvious ones.
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He's very slow though, don't you think he labours the point a bit?
No (evidently). He gets more out of the composition than any other artist.

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In my view the Dutch players make Satie sound dour and technical, the Italians make him sound bombastic... the French players achieve a sensitivity towards the material that reveal all the colours of Satie, not just the obvious ones.
These are rather unthoughtful blanket statements...
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No (evidently). He gets more out of the composition than any other artist.



These are rather unthoughtful blanket statements...
They are generalisations, but not unthoughtful as I believe I've heard most key recordings of Satie since the 50s, it's just my opinion. I could state all the specific examples that led me to make this statement but then what's the point, it's a debate on music not an ABX test after all?
post #9 of 11
Thibaudet's 5-CD set is currently the standard recommendation: insightful performance in modern sound, but Aldo Ciccolini's box under EMI is better value of money.
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gotta say I've heard all above listed recommendations, and I stick by Roge as the best and the standard
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My favorites are definitely Roge and de Leeuw, Thibaudet seems characterless and bland to me.

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