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These are all played straight and cleanly, as I expect Satie would have
wished. I have heard Pascal Rogé play Satie poetically and with more
expression, but, perhaps, in a manner less appropriate to the genre. Chapitres
tournés en tous sens (Chapters turned in all directions) are
three character pieces telling bizarre stories, and are given the kind of
treatment they require. More interesting, perhaps, is Le fils des étoiles.
It consists of preludes to each of three acts of a play by Péladan
set in Chaldaea in 3000 BC. Although it is rather stolid rhythmically, the
harmonies are remarkable, and the pieces, unmarked dynamically, are given
a sensitive performance.
Passing over three pieces, all typical of the composer's approach,
I must mention Sonatine bureaucratique, reworkings of a sonatina
by Clementi, with an attached Satanic story and a neat touch of neoclassicism.
The penultimate tracks contain Sports et divertissements (Sports
and Entertainments) [listen -- track 29, 0:00-0:29].
It is reckoned as Satie's masterpiece. Originally it was published
with drawings and a surrealistic text to be read pell-mell over sometimes
very loud music, not performed on the disc. It is a fitting finale to an
entertaining record, and is presented with humour and panache. The excellent
notes by Dickinson regrettably do not include titles of the twenty one pieces
in Sports et Divertissements.
Copyright © 7 August 2002
Brian Howes, London, UK
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Peter Dickinson, piano
Trois Gymnopédies (1888); Le Piège de Méduse (1913); Croquis et agaceries d'un gros bonhomme en bois (1913); Poudre d'or (c 1901); Chapitres tournés en tous sens (1913); Le fils des étoiles (1892); Le Piccadilly (1904); Prélude en tapisserie (1906); Véritables préludes flasques: pour un chien (1912); Je te veux: valse pour piano (c 1901); Sonatine bureaucratique (1917); Pièces froides (Airs à faire fuir) (1897); Sports et divertissements (1914); Vexations (1893)