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Gymnopédie No 1
composer

Recordings
'Satie: Piano Music' (CDH55175)
Satie: Piano Music
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55175  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Track 1 on CDH55175 [3'15] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Gymnopédie No 1
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When Satie died at the age of fifty-nine, his liver rotten with cirrhosis after a lifetime’s devotion to cognac and absinthe, he bequeathed a strange legacy. It included the Trois Gymnopédies, once considered eccentric but now so tamed and domesticated that they are used as incidental music for TV commercials. They were written when he was only twenty-two and take their name from the adjective ‘gymnopaedic’ which refers to the dances and exercises ritually performed by naked boys at public festivals in ancient Greece. Hypnotic, haunting, they pursue their measured way over a misty bass and, without travelling very far, create an illusion of steady movement forward. There is a parallel in French art of the time with Puvis de Chavannes, a painter whose clear lines, unforgiving simplicity and statuesque groupings find an echo in the purity of the Gymnopédies.

from notes by James Harding © 1989

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55175 track 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-34401
Duration
3'15
Recording date
3 January 1989
Recording venue
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tim Handley
Hyperion usage
  1. Satie: Piano Music (CDA66344)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: June 1989
    Superseded by CDH55175
  2. Satie: Piano Music (CDH55175)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: November 2004
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Licensing
1.Audio tour Edward Hopper - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Antenna Audio Production
2.Audio tour Sargent and the Sea: Royal Academy of Arts, London
3.Audio tour Gauguin, Tate Modern
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