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Track(s) taken from CDA67257

Hommage à Erik Satie

First line:
Musique aux oreilles végétales
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François Le Roux (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: November 2000
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: May 2002
Total duration: 3 minutes 4 seconds


'A vital addition to Hyperion's French song series, beautifully sung and played' (Gramophone)

‘Johnson has done much to rehabilitate the reputations of obscure composers of French Songs’ (BBC Music Magazine)

'A worthy and wonderful treat … a scintillating disc' (The Observer)

'Wonderfully idiomatic performances from singer and pianist alike, ideally recorded and presented' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'intrinsic artistic quality and fine performance … A tantalizing glimpse of a fine talent that deserves to be remembered as more than the sixth member of Les Six' (Fanfare, USA)
This is one of the few songs that Durey did not include in his Catalogue Commenté of some 116 works. He had handed the manuscript over to Satie in whose papers it was found. The musical style is reminiscent of the patchwork-quilt style of Poulenc’s Cocardes where there is also a rather similar setting of the word ‘Entracte’ in Enfant de troupe. Perhaps that is why a piano piece titled ‘A Francis Poulenc’ (and clearly derived from Hommage à Satie) was published in No 2 of Le Coq in June 1920. There are also echoes of the motor rhythms of Stravinsky – and of course the dépouillé style of Satie himself. This is one of the few Durey works which seems to embrace the aesthetic of ‘Les Six’ with any real enthusiasm.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2002

Voici l’une des rares mélodies que Durey omit d’incorporer à son Catalogue Commenté de quelques 116 œuvres. Il en avait donné le manuscrit à Satie dans les papiers duquel elle fut retrouvée. Le style musical évoque celui en patchwork de Cocardes, de Poulenc, où figure une réalisation musicale assez comparable du mot « Entracte » dans Enfant de troupe. Peut-être est-ce pourquoi un morceau pour piano intitulé « A Francis Poulenc » (émanant clairement d’Hommage à Satie) fut publié dans le second numéro du Coq, en juin 1920. On y décèle aussi des échos du rythme moteur de Stravinsky – et, bien entendu, du style dépouillé de Satie même. Il s’agit d’une des rares œuvres où Durey semble embrasser avec enthousiasme l’esthétique des Six.

extrait des notes rédigées par Graham Johnson © 2002
Français: Isabelle Battioni

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