Noriko Ogawa plays Erik Satie’s Piano Music, Volumes 1 & 2

Noriko Ogawa plays Erik Satie’s Piano Music, Volumes 1 & 2

VOLUME 2 – BIS SACD BIS2225 @ £14.25*

Noriko Ogawa, piano (Erard 1890)

This CD was featured on BBC Record Review, 1 July 2017 and received much praise from Andrew McGregor.“I really like the sound and the approach… Satie reinvigorated. Fans of Volume 1 will be ahead of me in the queue.”

Released in 2016 the 150th anniversary of the birth of Erik Satie’s  the first volume of this series was warmly greeted by reviewers worldwide, who praised the clarity of Noriko Ogawa’s interpretations as well as the crystalline sound of her chosen instrument, an 1890 Erard grand piano.

Like its predecessor, this second instalment takes in music from different phases of the composer’s career, including the very early Three Sarabandes from 1887. A few years later Satie became involved with an esoteric society called “The Catholic Rosy Cross of the Temple and the Grailâ” for which he composed works such as the Sonneries de la Rose Croix. Throughout his life, Satie identified strongly with children and famously said of himself that he “came into the world very young, in an age that was very old”. In 1913, during what is often termed his “humorous” period he composed the four sets of children’s pieces (Enfantines) included on the disc.

Hailing from the same period are the two sets of  “Flabby preludes for a dog” as well as the suite Sports et divertissements. Often regarded as one of the finest examples of Satie’s art, this consists of a prelude and 20 musical snapshots depicting different sports and leisure activities, including golf, fishing and dancing. The suite was first published as a collector’s album, accompanied by illustrations by Charles Martin and Satie’s own prose poetry and calligraphy.

Track listing …. Erik SATIE (1866-1925), Volume 2:

Prelude de La porte heroic aque du ciel, Sports et divertissements, Trois Sarabandes, Preludes flasques (pour un chien), Veritables preludes flasques (pour un chien),
Sonneries de la Rose+Croix, Menus propos enfantins, Enfantillages pittoresques, Trois preludes du Fils des etoiles 
Peccadilles importunes, Trois nouvelles enfantines
Noriko Ogawa

BIS SACD BIS2225 @ £14.25*


VOLUME 1 – Featured on BBC Radio 3, Record Review, Andrew McGregor  said. “Wishy-washy Satie this is not.”


Erik Satie (1866-1925): Gnossiennes Nos 17; Le Piccadilly (Marche); Chapitres tourn en tous sens; Avant-derni res pense; Croquis et agaceries dâun gros bonhomme en bois; Sonatine bureaucratique; Poudre d’or (Valse); Embryons desss; Descriptions automatiques; Heures seculaires et instantanes; Prelude en tapisserie; Les trois valses distinguaes du precieux degoute; Je te veux (Valse); Trois Gymnopedies

Noriko Ogawa, piano (Erard 1890)

BIS2215 (Hybrid SACD) @ £14.25*


“We may not have recordings of Satie playing his own piano music, but we do have the next best things: a disc of his pieces recorded in 1956 by Poulenc … eloquent testimony to Satie’s insistence on rhythmical performance, with no sloppy hesitations before ‘important notes.

I am delighted to report that Noriko Ogawa follows this true tradition. In doing so, she convincingly destroys the belief that Satie’s music actually needs pulling about for its sly humour and sudden moments of tenderness to make their mark.

In this utterly delightful disc she manages to convey not only Satie’s quirkiness, but his honesty.

The choice of a clean, crisp 1890 Erard is excellent for this music, and it’s very good news that this disc is Volume 1 in a collection of all Satie’s solo piano music.” BBC Music Magazine

“It’s a well structured recital. It’s not just the period instrument that makes the difference …. characterful late nineteenth century Erard piano whose distinctive timbres and relative transparency of tone compared to modern concert Grands subtly tempers our understanding of Satie’s harmonies.

Andrew McGregor went continued to say about ” Ogawa’s playing,”…the same qualities of clarity, articulation and musicality that make her solo Debussy such a pleasure. Wishy-washy Satie this is not.” BBC Radio 3, Record Review 30 July 2016. Andrew McGregor 

“You’d expect Noriko Ogawa to excel in this repertoire. And this disc’s pleasures are enhanced by her playing on an Erard Grand built in 1890, its transparent, light timbre stripping away the thick muddy varnish with which some pianists coat Satie’s music.

The joy of a compilations like this is losing oneself in the lesser-known miniatures, and you’re continually reminded that Satie was a wiser, more knowledgeable character than he’s often given credit for.

This is labelled as Volume 1, so let’s hope that Ogawa gives us a follow up soon. Satie’s own self-portrait adorns the sleeve.” The Arts

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