05 ottobre 2016

Erik Satie per due chitarre: buona l'idea di Peter Kraus, condivisa poi da Mark Bird e accolta dalla nuova él per Cherry Records. Nel cd c'è spazio anche per una Trois morceaux en forme de poire offerta da Gaby e Robert Casadesus e per una versione di Parade dell'Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte Carlo guidata da Louis Fremaux.

On hearing French pianist Jean-Joël Barbier’s recordings of Satie, Peter Kraus realised the possibilities of transcribing the music for the classical guitar. Peter began with the Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes for solo guitar. The greater complexity of such works as the Pièces Froids led him to transcribe for two guitars, inviting fellow Los Angeles guitarist Mark Bird to collaborate. Experimentation and revision ensued with “Satie for Two Guitars” the impressive result. In this edition, Satie for Two Guitars is complimented by an intensely coloured, very French recording of the composer’s music for the controversial ballet Parade in a performance by the conductor Louis Fremaux with the Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte Carlo. Parade’s scenario was written by Jean Cocteau in 1916-17 for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes with costumes and sets designed by the then-cubist painter Pablo Picasso and choreography by Léonide Massine. The public were outraged by Satie’s score which included typewriters and a foghorn and a considerable scandal ensued culminating in a short prison sentence for the composer. The programme is completed by Gaby and Robert Casadesus’ recording of the Trois morceaux en forme de poire, Satie’s eloquent riposte to a critic who had accused him of writing formless music.