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Dada Futurist

Donald Macleod focuses on Erik Satie's legacy and his controversial Dadaist final works. With Gymnopedie No 1, Vexations, Jack in the Box, Ludions and an excerpt from Relache.

Satie the Onion: his surreal life viewed in reverse. Donald Macleod peels off the layers, starting with his legacy and his controversial Dadaist final works including Relâche.

Erik Satie's existence was a self-consciously surreal one. He reinvented himself throughout his life, rather like a proto-David Bowie, changing his clothing, his friends, his beliefs, and his music. Though he claimed not to want to, he influenced countless others, but he had a tendency to dramatically fall out with almost everyone he was close to. This week, marking the composer's 150th anniversary, Donald Macleod peels off the layers to examine Satie's life in reverse, beginning with his significant posthumous influence and working back to the early music which is still a household name.

Several contemporary schools of composition draw on Satiean inspiration, not least Minimalism, celebrating Satie since John Cage's championing of his work in the 1960s. Such celebrity was denied Satie for much of his life, but when it did come in his final years, rather than rest on his laurels he courted controversy, ditching earlier friends including Les Six and embracing extreme Dadaism, epitomised in the remarkably forward-looking "Cinema", the filmed entr'acte for the ballet Relache.

Sonnerie pour réveiller le bon gros Roi des Singes (lequel ne dort toujours que d'un oeil)
Pierre Thibaud, trumpet
Bernard Jeannoutot, trumpet

Gymnopédie No 1
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Vexations
Alan Marks, piano

Satie orch Milhaud: Jack in the Box
Jack Lanchbery, conductor
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Cinéma (Entr'acte from Relâche)
Sandra van Veen, Jeroen van Veen, pianos

Mercure
Pierre Dervaux, conductor
Orchestre de Paris

Ludions
Eva Lind, soprano
Jean Lemaire, piano

Seven Monkey Dances from Le Piège de Méduse
Bernard Desgraupes, director
Ensemble Erwartung

Producer: Dominic Jewel.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 16 May 2016 18:30

Music Played

  • Erik Satie

    Sonnerie pour reveiller le bon gros roi des singes

    Performer: Pierre Thibaud. Performer: Bernard Jeannoutot.
    • Errato:71336.
    • Errato.
    • 1.
  • Erik Satie

    3 Gymnopedies for piano - no.1 in D major

    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
    • DECCA : 473-620-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 4.
  • Erik Satie

    Vexations for piano

    Performer: Alan Marks.
    • LTM: LTMDC 2389.
    • LTM.
    • 1.
  • Erik Satie

    Jack-in-the-box - pantomime

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
    • EMI 509996 781532 6.
    • EMI.
    • 22.
  • Erik Satie

    Cinema - entr'acte de Relache

    Performer: Jeroen van Veen. Performer: Sandra van Veen.
    • Brilliant Classics 9129.
    • Brilliant Classics.
    • 33.
  • Erik Satie

    Mercure (Poses plastiques en trois tableaux)

    Conductor: Pierre Dervaux. Orchestra: Orchestra Of Paris C.B. Pierre Dervaux.
    • EMI 509996 781532 6.
    • EMI.
    • 29.
  • Erik Satie

    Ludions

    Performer: Jean Lemaire. Singer: Eva Lind.
    • Solo Musica SM208.
    • Solo Musica.
    • 16.
  • Erik Satie

    Le Piege de Meduse

    Conductor: Bernard Desgraupes. Ensemble: Ensemble Erwartung.
    • EMI 509996 781532 6.
    • EMI.
    • 11.

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