Thursday, April 14, 2011

Eric Satie

Listening a lot to Eric Satie lately. For some background, here's a great article: Flabby Preludes for a Dog: An Erik Satie Primer. I've heard a few interpretations and it seems his music is most effective when played glacially slow; so, AFAIK the best ones are by Pascal Roge. Gnossienne No.1 would be the best soundtrack for a lonely eccentric high on absinthe going to his empty apartment at 4am.

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His music is not very conducive to a jazz approach, yet many try it; here is a discussion of Gnossiennes No.1 and No.2 from a jazz angle. Mal Waldron made an entire record of Satie's compostions. I don't know if it is better than a straight-ahead reading like Roge's, but an interesting effort nonetheless.

Mal Waldron Plays Erik Satie (1983)
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  1. There's a very nice jazz interpretation of Satie by Jacques Loussier Trio. He keeps a lot of the original stuff and just jazzifies is somewhat. Check it out. I can give you a link if you want to.

  2. Thanks for recommendation. There's a live link here, I'll check it out. I heard some of Loussier's Bach albums and was not very impressed, but Satie might be a better material for his approach.

  3. Very nice music! Thanks!
    I'm into Olivier Messian' organ works now. Have you ever heard him playing Les Corps Glorieux by himself? Kinda cosmic stuff, very deep and unusual.
    Here are flacs, if you like

  4. A vaguely familiar name, probably in connection with ondes Martenot, but I never heard his music. Seems like an interesting person. Thank you for the link and for the suggestion!

  5. ondes Martenot! thanks again, rather intersting!

  6. The slower the greater! Check out versions by Reinbert De Leeuw, he's got the greatest gymnopedies & gnossienes versions. Really slow!

  7. I second pwurp. i think de leeuw's version is quite popular, but remains the best in my opinion

    as a twist, try japanese artist yuko ikoma's interpretation of satie with toy piano - 'moisture with music box'

    sounds like a gimmick, but its pretty good

    there's a link on my blog:

  8. I have to disagree on the "slower is always better" approach to Satie. I love the Mal Waldron record and also the Pierre Laniau guitar pieces at:
    Cheers, MB