Eric Satie
Reinbert Leeuw


Releasedate: 01.10.2011

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'Esoteric Satie' The works that have been recorded on this CD belong to a highly specific and yet enigmatic period of Satie's life and work; these are works that were composed between 1891 and 1895 and that stand somewhat apart from the rest of his compositions: Le Fils des Etoiles, Sonneries de la Rose+Croix, Uspud, Danses Gothiques and Prélude de la Porte héroïque du ciel. The Gnossiennes were composed between 1889 and 1891 and have since then become well-known. These works are difficult to classify, filled as they are with a restrained meditative and mysterious beauty. Their title was coined by Satie himself and clearly announces the attachment to mysticism that was to preoccupy him during the 1890s. Reinbert de Leeuw studied theory and piano under Jaap Spaanderman at the Vereniging Het Muzieklyceum in Amsterdam and composition under Kees van Baaren at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in the Hague. He has himself taught at the latter institution. He was appointed professor of performance and compositional arts of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries at the University of Leiden in 2004. De Leeuw is well known as a pianist and conductor of contemporary music and was one of the founders of the Dutch Charles Ives Society (1968). He devoted himself with much success to the performance of music by lesser-known modern composers such as Satie and George Antheil as well as to developing alternative ways of performing chamber music during the 1970s.


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