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Gnossienne No 1

'Satie: Piano Music' (CDH55175)
Satie: Piano Music
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Track 4 on CDH55175 [2'42] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Gnossienne No 1
Satie began the series of Gnossiennes, the title inspired by classical Greece and the palace of Knossos in Crete – or it might have been coined from the word gnostique which Satie had come across in his mystical studies of Rosicrucianism. Here he indulged his notorious habit of adding incongruous verbal instructions to the player. ‘Interrogate’, runs one of his injunctions. ‘Without pity’, says another. At one point he sternly advises: ‘Equip yourself with clear-sightedness’. The Gnossiennes are innocent of bar lines and time signatures, and the music falls naturally into place without them. They are, like the composer himself, elusive, withdrawn, enigmatic.

from notes by James Harding © 1989

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55175 track 4
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 4
    Release date: June 1989
    Superseded by CDH55175
  2. Satie: Piano Music (CDH55175)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: November 2004
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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