Egoyan, Eve / Erik Satie Hidden Corners
Album: Erik Satie Hidden Corners   Collection:Classical
Artist:Egoyan, Eve   Added:Jun 2003
Label:Cbc Enterprises  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-06-16 Pull Date: 2003-08-18 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Aug 24 Jul 20 Jul 13 Jun 29 Jun 22
Airplays: 1 2 3 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 06, 2007: 2003
Avant-Dernieres Pensees
4. Jul 16, 2003: Brownian Motion
Veritables Preludes Flasques, Le Piccadilly. Marche
2. Dec 30, 2003: Civil Society
Avant-Dernieres Pensees
5. Jul 11, 2003: Memory Select
Veritables Preludes Flasques (Pour Un Chien) [1st mvmt]
3. Aug 18, 2003: Radio Red Well
Profondeur (Bevue Indiscrete
6. Jul 09, 2003: Postulate, Then Liberate
Valse-Ballet Op. 62

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-06-09
Satie is the turn-of-the-20th-century composer famous for his small piano studies. His work is characterized by neat, pleasing melodies, short pieces or sections (usually around a minute per movement) and a sort of whimsy. There are many recordings of his solo piano works, some of them adapted to instruments such as accordion. Eve Egoyan is a respected pianist performer of new works. Well, Satie's aren't new but they are modern and were a big influence on 20th century composers.
Play entire compositions (check the track listings on the back) rather than individual tracks (which tend to be on the order of one minute long). I will describe entire pieces below.

1-3. Light touch but contemplative
4. Again lightly played, but more light-hearted too
5-7. Simple melodies, perhaps giving rise to title "Childish Prattle", or vice versa
8. Jolly turn-of-the-century music hall sound, near ragtime feel
9-11. Evocation of a dog's life at home - reprimanded, left alone, played with; imagine a dog in these situations and how this music might serve as soundtrack
12. Feel of a sad walk home after a social screw-up
13-15. Light pieces of no particular distinction
16. A very nice folk-oriented melody due to Satie being influenced by some Romanian music he heard at an exposition in 1889
17-19. Slow, arpeggiated, delicate dances
20-23. Each section/track has a main harmonic theme that is rather simple and is repeated several times using different textures - loud, soft, etc.; it's interesting as a study to compare the effects of different textures playing the same notes
24-26. More somber and in some ways, more abstract, late-period (1919) work
27-29. Continuation of work in previous set of tracks, but more lush and sensuous
30. Short, formal waltz
31-32. A bit odd and edgy
33-36. More dog situational studies, a la tracks 9-11
37-57. "Immaculately calligraphed musical cameos", creating musical studies of various sports and pastimes of the day, the mid-1910s; this is one of Satie's most well-known and well-loved pieces; all but one of the 21 studies are under a minute, so play several, or all

Track Listing
1. Avant-Dernieres Pensees   29. Quatrieme, Cinquieme Et Sixi
2. Avant-Dernieres Pensees   30. Valse-Ballet Op. 62
3. Avant-Dernieres Pensees   31. Deux Choses
4. San Bernardo (1913)   32. Deux Choses
5. Menus Propos Enfantins   33. Preludes Flasques (Pour Un C
6. Menus Propos Enfantins   34. Preludes Flasques (Pour Un C
7. Menus Propos Enfantins   35. Preludes Flasques (Pour Un C
8. Le Piccadilly. Marche   36. Preludes Flasques (Pour Un C
9. Veritables Preludes Flasques   37. Sports and Divertissements
10. Veritables Preludes Flasques   38. Sports and Divertissements
11. Veritables Preludes Flasques   39. Sports and Divertissements
12. Profondeur (Bevue Indiscrete   40. Sports and Divertissements
13. Descriptions Automatiques   41. Sports and Divertissements
14. Descriptions Automatiques   42. Sports and Divertissements
15. Descriptions Automatiques   43. Sports and Divertissements
16. [Petite Ouverture a Danser]   44. Sports and Divertissements
17. Pieces Froides: Danses De Tr   45. Sports and Divertissements
18. Pieces Froides: Danses De Tr   46. Sports and Divertissements
19. Pieces Froides: Danses De Tr   47. Sports and Divertissements
20. Ogives   48. Sports and Divertissements
21. Ogives   49. Sports and Divertissements
22. Ogives   50. Sports and Divertissements
23. Ogives   51. Sports and Divertissements
24. Trois Nocturnes   52. Sports and Divertissements
25. Trois Nocturnes   53. Sports and Divertissements
26. Trois Nocturnes   54. Sports and Divertissements
27. Quatrieme, Cinquieme Et Sixi   55. Sports and Divertissements
28. Quatrieme, Cinquieme Et Sixi   56. Sports and Divertissements
  57. Sports and Divertissements