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Erik Satie | Musique De La Rose + Croix/Pages Mystiques/Uspud

New CD in our series by visionary French composer Erik Satie (1866-1925), following the success of previous releases Vexations and Cocteau, Satie & Les Six, and presenting selected Satie recordings with explicit links to the unconventional, the mystic and the avant-garde.
Musique De La Rose+Croix is a double disc set (94 minutes) of solo piano music comprising Satie's enigmatic Rosicrucian pieces (1891-1894) together with an instrumental version of the ballet score Uspud (1892) and the meditative works collected as the Pages Mystiques (1893).
For a short period Erik Satie was appointed official composer for the esoteric Ordre de la Rose-Croix Catholique du Temple et du Graal, founded in Paris by the flamboyant mystic 'Sar' Joséphin Péladan. The first Salon de la Rose-Croix was held in March 1892, at which Satie's solemn Trois Sonneries De La Rose+Croix were performed for the first time. Satie also composed music for Péladan's play Le Fils Ses Étoiles (Son of the Stars), as well as two preludes for a chivalric play, Le Nazaréen. Satie subsequently broke from the Order in August 1892.
Subsequent works by Satie in the same vein include his remarkable 'Christian ballet' Uspud (1892), 'sacred' music intended to shock and ridicule the Parisian musical establishment, and the Pages Mystiques of 1893. The latter includes his celebrated piece Vexations, the score for which is just three lines long, yet a complete performance (840 repetitions) may last for anything between 14 and 28 hours.
Satie's so-called 'Rosicrucian adventure' produced some of the composer's most enigmatic and extraordinary works, performed here by pianists Bojan Gorisek and Richard Cameron-Wolfe. The booklet of the double CD set includes detailed liner notes by James Hayward.

| tracklist
01 Sonnerie De La Rose + Croix: Air De l'Ordre
02 Sonnerie De La Rose + Croix: Air Du Grande Maitre
03 Sonnerie De La Rose + Croix: Air Du Grand Prieur
04 Premiere Pensée Rose + Croix
05 1er Prelude Du Nazaréen
06 2em Prelude Du Nazaréen
07 Prelude De La Porte Heroique Du Ciel
08 Priere
09 Vexations (detail)
10 Harmonie 1
11 Harmonie 2
12 Harmonie 3

01 Le Fils Des Étoiles - Act 1: La Vocation
02 Le Fils Des Étoiles - Act 2: L'Initiation
03 Le Fils Des Étoiles - Act 3: L'Incantation
04 Uspud (Act 1)
05 Uspud (Act 2)
06 Uspud (Act 3)


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