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Nocturne No 1

'Satie: Piano Music' (CDH55175)
Satie: Piano Music
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Track 44 on CDH55175 [3'06] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Nocturne No 1
As is to be expected, the five Nocturnes have nothing at all Romantic about them, nothing of Chopin’s graceful melancholy. They are austere and monochrome in spirit. Perhaps because they are among the last works he wrote for the piano and constitute a grave farewell to the instrument he loved but never played very adequately, the Nocturnes display an objective quality and lack facetious instructions to the player. Satie, you feel, has reached a point where he is no longer in the mood for jocular whimsicalities and wants his music to speak alone.

from notes by James Harding © 1989

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55175 track 44
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 44
    Release date: June 1989
    Superseded by CDH55175
  2. Satie: Piano Music (CDH55175)
    Disc 1 Track 44
    Release date: November 2004
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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