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Satie: Gnossiennes & Gymnopédies

Reinbert de Leeuw

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This must not be forgotten.

When I first heard this performance, I thought most of the songs were were terribly slow and limping, aimlessly wandering, and reminiscent of a lost musician on a foreign instrument. However, after 5 or 6 years of development, hearing the way they are miraculously enumerated here, as if there were a field of philosophy dedicated to each very note, makes one dream that Reinbert de Leeuw composed this magnum opus during every contemplating instant of his career. Then there is the unfathomable sensitivity of Satie applied to Leeuw's music, which embodies so many glorious emotions into the geometry of song. Try not to fall into hypnosis during the Gymnopédies. They are frightfully entrancing, and charm the listener to penetrate beneath the symbol at the surface and softly transport him beyond these islands of life and reality we know so complacently, to a place where imagination rules the limitless potential of possibility. The poignant quote by C.S. Lewis comes to mind, "We do not truly see light, we only see slower things lit by it, so that for us light is on the edge --- the last thing we know before things become too swift for us." This mortal world was not made to last forever, but there are good creations like Gymnopédies, which last as long as things can, and are that last things we can know, yet we cannot follow them, but are compelled to listen, to smell, and to sweetly savor their fleeting light.

Contemplative Brilliance

What can be said of Satie? Brilliant contemplative music. I do want to point out an inaccuracy of the other review here. His description is wonderful and the C.S. Lewis quote is very appropriate. His wording is a bit confusing though: the composer is Satie and the performer is de Leeuw.

This is going to take some getting used to.

The Gymnopedies are incredibly slow in this recording, I bought it too quickly due to the fact that it was the best Satie compilation I could find, the others are good, but gymnopedies is practically played in sub-largo tempo and that makes it very difficult for me to enjoy.

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Satie: Gnossiennes & Gymnopédies, Reinbert de Leeuw
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Oct 24, 1995

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