Olga Scheps: Satie | Sony 88985305402

Olga Scheps: Satie

Label: Sony

Cat No: 88985305402

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 13th May 2016



17 May 2016 sees Erik Satie's 150th anniversary, and ECHO-Klassik Award winning pianist Olga Scheps presents the only new studio recording of his most beautiful piano solo works for the Satie celebrations 2016.

Erik Satie is among the most popular composers worldwide, and his most famous piano pieces such as Gymnopédie No.1 or Je te veux are instantly recognisable, having been used constantly in motion picture soundtracks and TV ads.

As a special bonus Olga Scheps recorded Gentle Threat by Chilly Gonzales, whom she frequently works together with on stage

Olga Scheps was born in Moscow in 1986, the daughter of two pianists, and discovered the instrument for herself at the age of four. She began studying the piano more intensively after her family moved to Germany in 1992. At an early age she had already developed her own unique style of keyboard playing, which combines intense emotiveness and powerful expressivity with extraordinary pianistic technique. Among those who discovered these talents was Alfred Brendel, who has encouraged Olga Scheps since she was fifteen.

Olga Scheps has already recorded 5 albums for RCA Red Seal. All her recordings ranked high within the German classical charts and were highly praised by the press. Her debut album Chopin immediately won the prestigious ECHO Klassik Award in 2010.

As a passionate chamber musician, she plays regularly with such artists as Alban Gerhardt, Daniel Hope, Adrian Brendel, Jan Vogler, and Nils Mönkemeyer.

“She makes notes shimmer like pearls.” - Die Zeit

“Power and soulfulness: a poet of the piano” - Süddeutsche Zeitung


Erik Satie (1866-1925) occupies a unique place in the musical pantheon, eschewing all artifice and show, stripping his compositions back to the bare essentials and creating a world of calm and order (he called it “music without sauerkraut”). His Trois Gymnopédies (1888) and Six Gnossiennes (1889-97) are popular examples of his style, played here with unremarkable simplicity (for there is no other way to play them) by the Russian-born pianist Olga Scheps. More interesting are the Trois Sarabandes (1887), particularly the example in F minor, made almost entirely of a luminous, graceful chord progression.  Stephen Pritchard
The Observer 15 April 2016

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