Tamar Halperin plays Erik Satie | Neue Meister 0300759NM

Tamar Halperin plays Erik Satie

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Label: Neue Meister

Cat No: 0300759NM

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 22nd July 2016

Contents

Works

Satie, Erik

Desespoir agreable
Gnossiennes (6)
Gymnopedies (3)
Les Trois Valses distinguees du precieux degoute
» no.2 Son binocle
Morceaux en forme de poire (3)
» En plus
» Maniere de commencement
» Redite
Petits chorals (12)
» no.1
Pieces froides (6)
» II Danses de travers: 1. En y regardant a deux fois
» II Danses de travers: 2. Passer
Songe-creux

Artists

Tamar Halperin (keyboards)

Works

Satie, Erik

Desespoir agreable
Gnossiennes (6)
Gymnopedies (3)
Les Trois Valses distinguees du precieux degoute
» no.2 Son binocle
Morceaux en forme de poire (3)
» En plus
» Maniere de commencement
» Redite
Petits chorals (12)
» no.1
Pieces froides (6)
» II Danses de travers: 1. En y regardant a deux fois
» II Danses de travers: 2. Passer
Songe-creux

Artists

Tamar Halperin (keyboards)

About

After Erik Satie’s death in 1925, friends entered his flat for the first time in years. They were amazed to find, amid countless umbrellas and piles of jumble, two grand pianos stacked one upon another. This is the image that has inspired pianist Tamar Halperin and producer Guy Sternberg to compile their album. They strip down Satie’s compositions into their individual voices, play them on various different instruments and stack the pieces on one another. Halperin and Sternberg take a grand piano, harpsichord, Hammond organ and Wurlitzer piano, and a computer too, and address the question of how Satie’s music would have sounded today. At the same time, their interpretations reflect Satie’s influence on the various generations of artists that followed him. After all, Satie is far more than the archetype of the minimal pianist. He was a composer who blurred the borders between “classical art music” and nonclassical, popular styles, introducing various aesthetic concepts into his music such as minimalism, Dadaism, nonsense and surrealism and in the process, leaving his footprints in a wide range of artistic genres. Halperin has her own name for Gnossienne 2, for instance, she calls it Freddie Free, because the legendary Miles Davis song Freddie Freeloader from his album Kind of Blue begins with the same sequence of harmonies. Gnossienne 1 becomes The Café Scene, because Louis Malle’s film Feu Follet turned the piece into a standard for film soundtracks. Manière de Commencement is called Man Ray, because the American artist called one of the lithographs of his series of the same name Erik Satie’s Pear. The album cover is inspired by painter and illustrator Henri de Toulouse‐Lautrec. Tamar Halperin was photographed by cameraman Gregor Hohenberg in a costume from Satie’s time. Graphic designer Dirk Rudolph then introduced the photo into an image that plays with elements of Toulouse‐Lautrec’s aesthetics.

The Israeli pianist and harpsichordist Tamar Halperin came to prominence through her work with jazz pianist Michael Wollny on the album Wunderkammer (ACT). Her repertoire embraces works from five hundred years of music history. As soloist she works with a wide range of international ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Reviews

Halperin is best known as an accompanist, especially in recitals with her husband, countertenor Andreas Scholl. Here she plays Hammond organ, Wurlitzer electric piano and glockenspiel, as well as her usual piano and harpsichord, with a recording engineer adding electronic washes and synthesiser to some of the tracks. … Halperin plays some of the pieces, such as the opening Son Binocle, from Les Trois Valses Distinguées du Précieux Dégouté, perfectly normally, if with a rather bright, forward piano sound, while the haloes and doublings she adds to many of the others are unobtrusively tasteful and subtle.  Andrew Clements
The Guardian 26 August 2016

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