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Gymnopediste

Donald Macleod explores Satie's early life - from his youth in the sleepy seaside town of Honfleur to bohemian Montmartre and his set of three Gymnopedies, written at the age of 20.

Irascible. Irreverent. Infuriating. He's the author of one of the most famous - and beautiful - piano pieces ever written. Yet away from the famous Gymnopédie, Erik Satie still divides opinion like no other composer.

In today's episode, Donald Macleod explores Satie's early life - from his youth in the sleepy seaside town of Honfleur to the boozy dives of bohemian Montmartre...and that trio of Gymnopédies, written at the tender age of 20.

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Mon 6 Jun 2011 18:30

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  • Erik Satie

    Musique D'Ameublement no.1: Tenture de cabinet prefectoral [excerpt]

    Performer: Ensemble Erwartung / Bernard Desgraupes

    • FNAC 592292.
    • 4.
  • Erik Satie

    Selection of early songs

    Performer: Sylvie (1886) Performer: Chanson (1887) Performer: Les Fleurs (1886) Performer: Eileen Hulse (soprano) Performer: Robin Bowman (piano)

    • LTM LTMCD2459.
  • Erik Satie

    Variations on a Theme of Eric Satie

    Performer: Blood, Sweat and Tears

    • BGO BGOCD28.
    • 1.
  • Erik Satie

    Gymnopédie no.3 (1886-8)

    Performer: Reinbert De Leeuw (piano)

    • PHILIPS 4204722.
    • 7.
  • Erik Satie

    Gymnopédie no.2 (1886-8)

    Performer: Joanna MacGregor

    • COLLINS CLASSICS 10532COL.
    • 6.
  • Erik Satie

    Gymnopédie no.1 (1886-8)

    Performer: Anne Queffélec (piano)

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS VC7907542.
    • 5.
  • Erik Satie

    Gnossienne no.3 (orch. Poulenc)

    Performer: Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse / Michel Plasson

    • EMI CDC7494712 -.
  • Erik Satie

    Trois Sarabandes (1887)

    Performer: Reinbert De Leeuw

    • PHILIPS 4204722.
  • Erik Satie

    (arr Morgan Pochini) - Absence

    Performer: Katherine Jenkins (soprano)

    • UNIVERSAL 9866064.
    • 13.
  • Erik Satie

    Christy Doran & John Wolf Brennan - Waltz for Erik Satie

    Performer: Christy Doran (guitar), John Wolf Brennan (piano)

    • LEO LEOLABCD105.
    • 7.
  • Erik Satie

    Dudley Moore - Satie

    Performer: Dudley Moore (piano)

    • GRP GRP96612.
    • 11.
  • Erik Satie

    Endorphin - Satie 1

    Performer: From "Café Del Mar, Volumen Seis"

    • MANIFESTO 564861-2.
    • 7.
  • Erik Satie

    Malcolm McLaren - Walking With Satie

    Performer: Malcolm McLaren (voice)

    • VOGUE 74321191392.
  • Erik Satie

    Jacques Loussier / Erik Satie - Gymnopédie no.1 - Variation 2

    Performer: Jacques Loussier Trio

    • TELARC CD8431.
    • 2.

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