Hyperion Records

Mercure
composer

Recordings
'Satie: Parade & other works' (CDH55176)
Satie: Parade & other works
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55176  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Movement 01: Ouverture
Track 11 on CDH55176 [1'13] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 02: La nuit
Track 12 on CDH55176 [1'08] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 03: Danse de tendresse
Track 13 on CDH55176 [1'51] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 04: Signes du Zodiaque
Track 14 on CDH55176 [0'48] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 05: Entrée et danse de Mercure
Track 15 on CDH55176 [1'08] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 06: Danse des Grâces
Track 16 on CDH55176 [1'11] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 07: Bain des Grâces
Track 17 on CDH55176 [1'14] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 08: Fuite de Mercure
Track 18 on CDH55176 [0'16] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 09: Colère de Cerbère
Track 19 on CDH55176 [0'19] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 10: Polka des lettres
Track 20 on CDH55176 [0'51] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 11: Nouvelle danse
Track 21 on CDH55176 [0'40] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 12: Le Chaos
Track 22 on CDH55176 [0'28] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 13: Finale
Track 23 on CDH55176 [1'09] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Mercure
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Cocteau was Satie’s muse in his ballet, Les aventures de Mercure (1924), and Picasso and Massine played their respective parts. Mercure was written for the famous ‘Soirées de Paris’ organized by Étienne de Beaumont, and first given on 15 June 1924 at the Théâtre de la Cigale. The score is subtitled ‘three dimensional poses in three images’, and the ballet presents a dazzling array of classical figures engaged in various ‘poses’, and revealing unexpected aspects of themselves. We are walking around sculptures again as we hear in quick succession ‘Dance of the Graces’, ‘Flight of Mercury’, and ‘Anger of Cerberus’, amongst others, depicted in brassy, coarse, and café-concertish tones, beneath which always lurks a hint of loving tenderness.

from notes by Simon Wright © 1989

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Details for CDH55176 track 14
Movement 4: Signes du Zodiaque
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-36514
Duration
0'48
Recording date
14 April 1989
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Satie: Parade & other works (CDA66365)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: October 1989
    Deletion date: June 2004
    Superseded by CDH55176
  2. Satie: Parade & other works (CDH55176)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: November 2004
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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