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Classical - Released May 23, 2019 | Armasi

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Classical - Released January 14, 2013 | Mirare

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Solo Piano - Released July 10, 2016 | BIS

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As music from the past is increasingly performed on original instruments in authentic period style, it was perhaps inevitable that Erik Satie's keyboard works would be treated this way, especially to celebrate his 150th anniversary. Using an 1890 Érard piano, Noriko Ogawa has recorded Satie's most famous pieces for the first volume of a series of the complete solo piano music on BIS, including the Trois Gymnopédies, the Gnossiennes, Avant-dernières pensées, the Sonatine bureaucratique, Embryons desséchés, and others from Satie's iconoclastic oeuvre. Casual listeners may miss the significance of the Érard piano, which was built in the year Satie composed his first Gnossienne, and which is somewhat closer to a modern piano's robust sound than, say, a fortepiano from the early 19th century, or even a piano from the middle of the century. BIS' pristine super audio recording captures the instrument's distinctive metallic tone, which gives it a slightly antique quality, though it has enough projection and dynamic range to satisfy most piano fans. Ogawa is a sensitive player with a subtle touch, and she appropriately characterizes Satie's enigmatic pieces with a mix of biting humor and poignant melancholy. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 20, 2009 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released July 3, 2020 | BIS

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Of all the enigmas that surround Erik Satie and his music, Vexations is probably the most enigmatic. A ‘theme’ in the bass, with two different harmonisations, to be played – according to an ambiguous note on the composer's autograph – 840 times. That is at least how it has been interpreted since the first public performance, which lasted more than 18 hours and was organized by the composer John Cage in 1963. The precise time at which Satie wrote Vexations is uncertain, and although it is usually assumed to be intended for a keyboard instrument, that is also impossible to confirm. There are no known performances of it in the composer’s lifetime, and the single-page manuscript was only discovered after Satie’s death. The many question marks surrounding the work have made it a cult classic, and live performances – by a single pianist or several performers taking turns – are events that still attract attention, even if only a few in the audience sit out a complete performance. As part of her acclaimed Satie cycle, Noriko Ogawa now offers a bite-sized taste (142 repeats, 80 minutes long) of the ‘Vexation experience’, with a twist – as she explains in the liner notes she has chosen to perform Vexations in a manner that may seem controversial to purists: ‘Satie’s work is itself a challenge to conventional performing tradition, so why not challenge him?’ © BIS Records
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Classical - Released January 1, 1984 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 29, 2019 | Odličan hrčak doo

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Classical - Released April 1, 2016 | Brilliant Classics

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Classical - Released June 4, 2021 | BIS

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For the fourth instalment in her acclaimed Satie cycle, Noriko Ogawa has gathered music written for the stage – from the pantomime Jack in the Box (1899) to the ballet Relâche (1924) – one of Satie’s last works. Several of the pieces exist in different scorings, but the piano versions heard here are all Satie’s own. Throughout the programme, what comes across strongly is the influence of music hall and cabaret; composed in 1900, Prélude de « La mort de Monsieur Mouche » even offers a hint of the ragtime, one of the first appearances of the genre in European music. Stage projects are as a rule collaborative efforts, and among Satie’s collaborators were some of the leading names of the art world at the time, including Jean Cocteau, Picasso, the Dadaist poet and painter Francis Picabia, and film director René Clair. Satie’s score Cinéma has been called one of the first synchronized film scores. © BIS Records
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Classical - Released January 15, 1979 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released August 29, 2014 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

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Techno - Released May 15, 2020 | Masterworks

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Classical - Released January 1, 2003 | Glossa

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Classical - Released January 18, 2019 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released May 20, 2016 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1980 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released July 3, 2006 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 1, 2014 | Brilliant Classics

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Classical - Released March 7, 2019 | Armasi

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Classical - Released January 18, 2019 | RCA Red Seal

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