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Noriko Ogawa plays Satie - Piano Music, Vol. 3

Composer Erik Satie
Performer Noriko Ogawa
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2325 SACD
EAN 7318599923253
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jul 2020
Total time 80'32


Of all the enigmas that surround Erik Satie and his music, Vexations is probably the most enigmatic. A ‘theme’ in the bass, with two different harmonisations, to be played – according to an ambiguous note on the composer's autograph – 840 times. That is at least how it has been interpreted since the first public performance, which lasted more than 18 hours and was organized by the composer John Cage in 1963. The precise time at which Satie wrote Vexations is uncertain, and although it is usually assumed to be intended for a keyboard instrument, that is also impossible to confirm. There are no known performances of it in the composer’s lifetime, and the single-page manuscript was only discovered after Satie’s death.

The many question marks surrounding the work have made it a cult classic, and live performances – by a single pianist or several performers taking turns – are events that still attract attention, even if only a few in the audience sit out a complete performance. As part of her acclaimed Satie cycle, Noriko Ogawa now offers a bite-sized taste (142 repeats, 80 minutes long) of the ‘Vexation experience’, with a twist – as she explains in the liner notes she has chosen to perform Vexations in a manner that may seem controversial to purists: ‘Satie’s work is itself a challenge to conventional performing tradition, so why not challenge him?’
 
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  Erik Satie
  Vexations 80'17
01 Vexation 1 1'10
02 Vexations 2-6 2'45
03 Vexations 7-11 2'45
04 Vexations 12-16 2'42
05 Vexations 17-21 2'45
06 Vexations 22-26 2'45
07 Vexations 27-31 2'42
08 Vexations 32-36 2'38
09 Vexations 37-41 2'44
10 Vexations 42-46 2'48
11 Vexations 47-51 2'46
12 Vexations 52-56 2'55
13 Vexations 57-61 2'58
14 Vexations 62-66 2'54
15 Vexations 67-71 2'47
16 Vexations 67-71 2'52
17 Vexations 77-81 2'53
18 Vexations 82-86 2'56
19 Vexations 87-91 2'44
20 Vexations 92-96 2'42
21 Vexations 97-101 2'43
22 Vexations 102-106 2'46
23 Vexations 107-111 2'43
24 Vexations 112-116 1'47
25 Vexations 117-121 3'37
26 Vexations 122-126 2'40
27 Vexations 127-131 2'33
28 Vexations 132-136 2'40
29 Vexations 137-141 2'44
30 Vexation 142 1'53
 
  Album total 80'32
ComposerSatie, Erik
PianoOgawa, Noriko

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