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Satie: The Complete Solo Piano Music

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet has undertaken the complete solo piano works of another late nineteenth/early twentieth century French composer: Erik Satie. This even includes a sample of Vexations, that theme and two variations that Satie instructs to be played slowly, 840 times. It's interesting to compare Thibaudet's interpretations of these works with those of Aldo Ciccolini, who was one of Thibaudet's teachers. Overall, Thibaudet gives a less-Romantic interpretation, with less overt emotion and more introverted abstraction, but it is not overly academic. The music hall pieces, such as Je te veux and Le Piccadilly have a good dancing tempo that doesn't give often to rubato. In places, repeated figures and phrases do not vary much in speed or volume, which is how most musicians are instructed to add interest to repeated motives. On the other hand, the "Enfantines" pieces, written for children to play, are performed with a great deal of subtle sensitivity. Indeed, Satie's particular (and sometimes peculiar) performance notes are made for interpretations as individual as each performer and are what make his music difficult to perform. Thibaudet certainly skillfully conveys his interpretations to the listener, with minimal additional explanation needed in the liner notes. Most often, what you hear is what the title of the work implies. One note on the sound quality: at the end of the second disc in the music hall pieces, the sound quality between the tracks is noticeably different, as if they were made on different pianos or in different studios.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Sarabandes (3) for piano
1 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 05:38
2 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 06:13
3 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 06:23
Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy)
4 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:39
5 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:25
6 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:06
Gnossiennes (6), for piano
7 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:51
8 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 04:33
9 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:34
10 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:19
11 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:36
12 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:45
13 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 04:51
14 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:11
Pièces froides (Cold Pieces), pieces (6) for piano
15 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:55
16 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:04
17 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 04:18
18 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:07
19 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:48
20 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:25
21 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 05:29
22 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 07:41

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:18
2 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:42
3 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:01
4 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:56 Amazon
Ogives (4), for piano
5 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:41
6 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:01
7 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:41
8 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:21
9 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:09
10 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:47
Sonneries de la Rose + Croix, for piano
11 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 05:24 Amazon
12 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 06:42 Amazon
13 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:54 Amazon
Danses gothiques (9), for piano
14 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 04:00 Amazon
15 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:58 Amazon
16 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:22 Amazon
17 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:49 Amazon
18 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:17 Amazon
19 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:58 Amazon
20 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:37 Amazon
21 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:46 Amazon
22 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:50 Amazon
Pages mystiques (3), for piano
23 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:38
24 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:08
25 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:11 Amazon
26 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 05:11
27 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:43
28 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 04:27
29 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:14
30 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:32
La belle excentrique, "serious fantasy" for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands)
31 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:34
32 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:28
33 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:34

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:45
2 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:40
3 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:43
Nouvelles pièces froides (New Cold Pieces), for piano
4 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:05
5 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:53
6 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:39
7 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:48
8 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:35
Deux choses: 1. Effornterie, 2. Poésie, for piano
9 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:46
10 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:42
11 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:17
12 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:25
13 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:34
14 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:28
Petits chorals (12), for piano
15 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:50
16 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:45
17 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:43
18 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:46
19 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:34
20 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:02
21 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:19
22 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:31
23 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:30
24 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:52
25 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:51
26 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:51 Amazon
27 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:45
Work(s)
28 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:36
L' enfance de Ko-Quo, for piano
29 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:05
30 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:34
31 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:38
Nouvelles pièces enfantines, pieces (3) for piano
32 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:35
33 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:50
34 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:49
Menus propos enfantins (Childish Chatter), for piano (from "Enfantines")
35 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:06
36 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:42
37 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:00
Enfantillages pittoresques (Picturesque Childishness), for piano (from "Enfantines")
38 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:53
39 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:25
40 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:13
Peccadilles importunes (Tiresome Peccadilloes), for piano (from "Enfantines")
41 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:55
42 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:15
43 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:34
Nocturnes (5) for piano
44 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:35
45 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:57
46 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:49
47 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:41
48 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:58
49 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:23
50 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:56
51 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:48
52 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 09:51

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Préludes flasques; pour un chien (Flabby preludes; for a dog), for piano
1 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:41
2 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:11
3 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:42
4 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:35
Véritables préludes flasques pour un chien (Truly Flabby Preludes for a Dog), for piano
5 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:51
6 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:07
7 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:47
Descriptions automatiques, for piano
8 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:05 Amazon
9 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:04 Amazon
10 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:03 Amazon
Embryons desséchés (3 dried-up embryos), for piano
11 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:32
12 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:22
13 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:45
Croquis et agaceries d'un gros bonhomme en bois (3 sketches and exasperations of a big wooden fellow), for piano
14 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:45
15 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:45
16 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:34
Chapitres tournés en tous sens (Chapters turned every which way), for piano
17 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:01
18 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:48
19 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:06
Vieux séquins et vieilles cuirasses (Old sequins and armor), for piano
20 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:48
21 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:02
22 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:00
23 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 15:22
Heures séculaires et instantanées (Age-old and instantaneous hours), pieces (3) for piano
24 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:56
25 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:04
26 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:52
Les valses (3) distinguées du précieux dégoûté (3 distinguished waltzes of a disgusted dandy), for piano
27 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:59
28 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:55
29 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:42
Avant-dernières pensées (Next-to-last thoughts), pieces (3) for piano
30 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:12
31 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:39
32 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:54
Sonatine bureaucratique, for piano
33 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:55 Amazon
34 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:00 Amazon
35 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:20 Amazon
Le fils des étoiles, Chaldean pastoral, 3 preludes for piano
36 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 04:09
37 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:23
38 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 04:19

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Le Nazaréen, incidental music (2 preludes) for piano
1 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 07:54
2 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 04:37
3 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:53
Uspud, Christian ballet in 3 scenes for piano (orchestrated by Canby)
4 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 11:00
5 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 07:08
6 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 09:26
7 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 10:45
Jack-in-the-Box, pantomime ballet for piano (orchestrated by Milhaud)
8 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:53
9 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:56
10 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:53
11 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:14
Pousse l'Amour, operetta
12 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:34
Le Piège de Méduse, dances for piano
13 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:32
14 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:36
15 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:36
16 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:23
17 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:13
18 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:25
19 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:21
20 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:32
Grimaces (5) for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," incidental music
21 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:53
22 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:41
23 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:34
24 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 00:24
25 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:04
26 Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:05
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