ÆVEA | AE16019 | 2016


Satie, E.: Early & Esoteric Piano Works [3-album set]
Alessandro Simonetto, Piano

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The 3-CD set Erik Satie: Early and esoteric works" collects the works ofhisspiritual period. It includes the complete poem in three-acts,'Les Fils des Etoils'(69 minutes), known above all for the Three Prludes and the (7th) Gnossienne, here in their correct dimension and placing; and 'Uspud', another three-act poem (25 minutes). The collection also includes,besidesthe famous Gymnopdies, Gnossiennes and Sarabandes, some unfinished and rare works such as the Chanson Hongroise, Leit-motiv de 'Panthe' and 'Verset Laque & Somptueux'.Thisrecordingwishesto underline the mystical andpictorialaspect, delicate and introverted, ofthis innovative composer's music. The list of works includes all theknownpiano work written from 1887 to 1900 with the exception of the few cabaret pieces and the twowalzes(1885) which will be included in a dedicated disk.
Satie, you never had greater admirers than Ravel and myself; many of your early works had a great influence on our writing. Your 'Prlude de La porte hroque du ciel' was to us a revelation, so original, so different from that Wagnerian atmosphere which has surrounded us in late years. I liked your Gymnopdies so much that I orchestrated two of them. You have some kind of genius, or you have genius, period. Now, as a true friend may I warn you that from time to time there is in your art a certain lack of form." -Claude Debussy

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Alessandro Simonetto has the required technique to do justice to these works and he [...] knows how to capture the audacity and depths suggested by these enigmatic pieces very well, providing an absorbing and meditative stillness. The sound is also great! ‐Pyotr Petrovich ***** (02/08/2017) 

Erik Satie: Early & Esoteric Works, seem(s) to really capture the mystical spirit of this bizarre music. [...] And, for Satie's early, mystical, and esoteric works, I really, really, really do like that wonder from Simonetto! ‐Robert Malone (07/06/2018) 

[...] which is up to the high standards of what remains my choice for early Satie music, that of Alessandro Simonetto Erik Satie: Early & Esoteric Works. ‐Robert Malone (22/05/2018) 

Great! [...] everything very well done. [...] All enjoyable listening, nothing less than exceedingly fine performances. [...] presents some of the best I have yet heard in this particular repertoire. ‐Robert Malone ***** (18/06/2017) 

Simonetto, artista in grado di far raggiungere al pianoforte momenti di pianissimo quasi inudibili che, giocando su un uso sapiente del pedale di risonanza riescono a creare unatmosfera quasi impalpabile [...] ‐Edmondo Filippini ***** (23/09/2017) 

Simonetto fait sentir la profondeur habite de ces pages nigmatiques, qui vaut bien les versions de rfrence [...] tout en y ajoutant une singulire quitude, mditative et intense. ‐Romaric Gergorin ****/4 (01/07/2017) 

Simonetto con pi diplomi al conservatorio ci tiene a sottolineare la sua attitudine ad un incontro con la musica puramente spontaneo preferendo - cos si legge - un approcio spirituale, istintivo, empirico, insomma pratico, con le cose della musica. ‐Valentina Lo Surdo (17/01/2017) 

Simonetto fait sentir la profondeur habite de ces pages nigmatiques, qui vaut bien les versions de rfrence [...] tout en y ajoutant une singulire quitude, mditative et intense. ‐Romaric Gergorin ****/4 (01/06/2017) 

Simonetto's interpretation is quite pleasant. The recording quality is excellent, with beautiful clear tone and deep and natural left hand notes. The sound is considerably richer and more natural than the CDs used as a comparison. ‐Roger McCuaig (11/06/2017) 

Early & Esoteric Piano Works [3-album set]
Alessandro Simonetto, Piano

ÆVEA
Prod. No.: 164 / 2016
Cat. No: AE16019
UPC: 634065037185
No. Album(s): 3

Recorded @ Saletta acustica 'Eric James', Pove del Grappa, 2015

Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
Photo/paint on cover: Mark Demsteader: 'Shallow Waters No. 2' (2015)
Artwork: OnClassical

Equipment used: Sennheiser mics.
Instrument(s) used: Steinway & Sohns D-274 piano, 'Ferrari-O'

An OnClassical prod., © 2015

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