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Je te veux

First line:
J’ai compris ta détresse
1897; written for Paulette Darty
author of text

Debussy christened Erike Satie ‘the precursor’ because he anticipated so much of twentieth-century music, from total chromaticism to minimalism; his trademark ironic wit is built into his compositions. An antidisestablishmentarianism type from the start, he disdained his formal training at the Paris Conservatory, calling it ‘a sort of local penitentiary’. (He would later pursue formal studies at the Schola Cantorum.) An habitué of the cabarets in Montmartre, where he worked as an accompanist, he wrote music-hall songs for Paulette Darty, ‘the queen of the slow waltz’, including Je te veux. These songs strike deeper than one might think; here, a woman freely confesses her desire.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2015


L'heure exquise
Studio Master: CDA67962Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 17 on CDA67962 [3'54]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67962 track 17

Recording date
20 October 2012
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. L'heure exquise (CDA67962)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: May 2015
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