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Satie: Piano Music; Mélodies [includes DVD] ()

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This box collects several recordings of Satie's piano music by Dutch pianist Reinbert de Leeuw, going back as far as 1977, with an English-language DVD (not reviewed, but the idea is attractive) including a fictionalized presentation of Satie's relationship with artist Suzanne Valadon (after they broke up, he hung in his window cataloging her faults, but the film apparently doesn't get to the fun stuff). The provenance of the music on the third CD, consisting mostly of songs and featuring soprano Marjanne Kweksilber, is unclear from the booklet, and it's a poor choice for the non-Francophone -- no song texts are provided at all. The piano music from de Leeuw is another matter, however. It is immediately distinctive in its slow tempos and dreamy, rather lugubrious tone. Listeners who prize Satie for his light, rather impish humor, or even those used to the usual tempos of the orchestrated version of the Gymnopédie No. 1 (the piano version is heard on CD 1, track 15), may be put off initially by the... Hide synopsis

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