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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Erik Satie/Michel Legrand - "Piano Works" CD, Album, 1997 (Erato)


Some years ago I found this collection of music by Erik Satie in the budget bin at Tower Records. What surprised me when I found it, was that Michel Legrand is the pianist.  Why this surprised me is a foolish response on my behalf.  For one, most pianists who do Satie's piano music are usually from the classical world.  Legrand is well-known for his compositions in the soundtrack and pop world.  And is a noted jazz player, who made recordings with Miles Davis and others in the 1950s.  Still, it makes perfect sense that Legrand would do an album of Satie's piano music.  They do share a common ground besides that they are both French of course.  What the bridge is between the two composers is a love of melody that is full of air and a certain amount of lightness.  I also suspect that they share a sense of humor as well.

And even beyond that, both Satie and Legrand have collaborated with other artists.  Legrand with his soundtrack work, specifically with Jacques Demy, and Satie's work with Picasso, Rene Clair, and Picabia.  Legrand's playing of Satie's music is actually a perfect fit.  For those who don't know Satie's work, this album in a pretty good introduction.  Although through my past, it's the Aldo Ciccolini recordings for Angel Records that I think are the essential recordings. 

Tracklist 

1Gymnopédies - 1. Lent Et Douloureux
Sonatine Bureaucratique
21. Allegro
32. Andante
43. Vivace
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5Gymnopédies - 2. Lent Et Triste
Sports Et Divertissements
6Choral Inappétissant
7La Balancoire
8La Chasse
9La Comedie Italienne
10Le Reveil De La Mariée
11Colin-Maillard
12La Peche
13Le Yachting
14Le Bain De Mer
15Le Carnaval
16Le Golf
17La Pieuvre
18Les Courses
19Les Quatre-Coins
20Le Pique-Nique
21Le Water-Chute
22Le Tango
23Le Traineau
24Le Flirt
25Le Feu D'Artifice
26Le Tennis
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27Gymnopédies - 3. Lent Et Grave
4 Préludes Flasques (Pour Un Chien)
281. Voix D'Interieur
292. Idylle Cynique
303. Chanson Canine
314. Avec Camaraderie
6 Pièces De La Période 1906-1913
321. Désespoir Agréable
332. Effronterie
343. Poésie
354. Prélude Canin
365. Profondeur
376. Songe Creux
2 Rêveries Nocturnes
381. Pas Vite
392. Très Modérément
Chapitres Tournés En Tous Sens
401. Celle Qui Parle Trop
412. Le Porteur De Grosses Pierres
423. Regrets Des Enfermes
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43Caresse
Avant-Dernières Pensées
441. Idylle: Modere, Je Vous Prie, à Debussy
452. Aubade, à Paul Dukas
463. Meditation, à Albert Roussel
Jack In The Box, Pantomime For Piano
471. Prélude
482. Entr'Acte
493. Finale