2007/01/24

slowly my satie

apologies for our collective absences! I know we have fantastic excuses that will amaze and astound you, but, instead of that, how about some music?

This is my favorite Satie recording, performed with great sensistivity, clarity, and exquisite slowness by the excellent Reinbert de Leeuw. Most of these are played at about half the tempo they are generally recorded at, revealing a different Satie. Perhaps obviously, this is a very modern reading of Satie's piano music, and points to the wider influence Satie's writing style has had on contemporary composers and performers (while sparing you all the usual contemporary rhetoric surrounding Satie). He wrote beautiful music in a deceptively simple style. de Leeuw finds Satie somewhere slow, and follows him....


Mr. de Leeuw


Mr. Satie

http://www.mediafire.com/?6gzyk5uaazq

29 comments:

robert.o said...

thanks for the amazing blog!

Anonymous said...

WE LOVE SATIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.. (800times..)

Anonymous said...

... but then, De Leeuw was a younger man when he recorded this, out to make a point--not that long after the Ciccolini.. It's mannered. I think he's shed some of that righteousness in his recent conducting

What's important about Satie is the economy. Try the (truncated) Vexations.

Anonymous said...

It's also readily available.

Anonymous said...

sorry: "it" being either the De Leeuw album or Vexations. see also

http://musicweb.hmt-hannover.de/satie/

rich said...

THanks for sharing this!
You don't have to spare us any rhetoric about Satie with me, as I'm a total neophyte to his music, but really like what I've heard so far.

Interfail said...

satie is a favorite! i have heard dozens of interpretations of the gnossiennes and the gymnopédies, but only reinbert de leeuw does it like i want them to be done. it's the great lent and a certain kind of serenity and decidedness which make my blood curdle.

my cd is as well with the six gnossiennes which are qute similar, but some other tracks are very different - check out my future posts on my blog to compare (i got satie also played with guitars and accordeon (teodore anzelotti), i see what i can do...)

btw, have you seen satie's furniture music on ubuweb.com? it's great, too!
i guess i will be posting some satie stuff soon.
thanks and cheers
interfail

Paddop said...

wow what a slow version, i've just learned myself this 1st gymnop, but even i can do this faster :D but then it wouldn't be so... relaxing

Paddop said...

wow this is a slow gymnop, ive just learned myself this piece, and i think this is a wonderfull interpetation! thank alot

Patriek said...

wow this is a slow gymnop, ive just learned myself this piece, and i think this is a wonderfull interpetation! thank alotbd

Anonymous said...

wow this is a slow gymnop, ive just learned myself this piece, and i think this is a wonderfull interpetation! thank alot

Paddop said...

wow this is a slow gymnop, ive just learned myself this piece, and i think this is a wonderfull interpetation! thank alot

Werbock said...

That's the best interpretation of Satie's music, étrange et flottante, merci mille fois

dave said...

Thanks for this! I've a couple of cds of Satie's piano music, Pascal Roge being my favourite. I'm looking forward to listening to this.

pedro peralta said...

million thanks about this one!

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zhao said...

and to think that this music caused tempers to rise and riots to erupt in the audience back in the day... wonder if DJ Scud would sound like Satie in 100 years... if there is another 100 years... damn I'm rambling again

bb said...

to echo zhao - I am (happily) surprise at the response to my post. thanks for all your responses, I'm glad that Satie is still making us talk. on the interwebs.

Anonymous said...

It's a question of musicality: going verrry slow is one |obvious| way of going slow, but not necesarily the way I'd choose if I were a pianist. It's analagous to Sir Simon Rattle assiduously trying to make Gershwin SWING by plumping the beat. With Rhapsody in Blue, we can actuially hear Gershwin's version. Pity we don't have Satie.


Not that that would silence discussion.
:)

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Jaibo said...

Magnífico!!
Saludos.

Anonymous said...

Hi...first time I have visited your site...and its great to be able to sample some innovative music...but as a long-time Satie fan, just wondering if this is still current?....my download didnt work.
many thanks, Dave

Anonymous said...

Have it now....thanks...dave

Anonymous said...

I am vexed that the link does not work. Please repost.

temple said...

Could you PLEASE repost this album? It's so difficult to find it here, in Russia!! Thanx!

Ulises Xolocotzin Eligio said...

Hey man, your blog is amazing... been struggling to find this satie recording somewhere else... any chance of repost? please?


thx


u

Anonymous said...

+1

Anonymous said...

link is broken, please fix!

i really enjoyed his vexations, and was looking forward to a more sympathetic playing of Satie. Many players just whip through it far too fast for my liking.

thankyou.

Zottacko WallyMan said...

MY FAVOURITE INTERPRETATION OF SATIE EVER!!!

I've heard it from a Vynil in my father's collection, and I've been trying to find a Digital remastering of this Awesome Recording.

Hope anybody repost this Extraordinary Masterpiece