Erik Satie’s Gnossienne No. 1

The Gnossiennes are several piano compositions written by the French composer Erik Satie (born Éric Alfred Leslie Satie; 17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925; he signed his name Erik Satie after 1884 in the late 19th century). Satie composed Gnossienne No.1 in 1890, and dedicated it to Alexis Roland-Manuel (22 March 1891 – 1 November 1966), a French composer and critic, in 1913. Being an eccentric, Satie composed this Gnossienne with no time signature and no bar markings.

Daniel Varsano version

Daniel Varsano (Casablanca, 7 April 1953; Paris, 9 March 1988) was a French pianist. He recorded Erik Satie’s Gnossienne No. 1 in 1971.

Reinbert de Leeuw version

Reinbert de Leeuw (born Amsterdam, 8 September 1938) is a Dutch conductor, pianist and composer.

His version is really, really slow. Some critics say this is the most accurate version.

Tzvi Erez version

Tzvi Erez (b: 1968) is an Israeli pianist. He received international recognition when he recorded and released his “Beethoven Piano Works” (2000) and “Tzvi Erez plays Chopin” (2003) under the Niv Classical record label. Since then, he has been regarded as a leading interpreter of classical music, particularly in the works of Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin. His interpretations and technique have become a point of reference to millions of music audiences around the world.

Alessio Nanni version

Alessio Nanni is an Italian classical pianist and composer. Studio recording at White Noise Factory, November 23rd, 2009. Piano: Steinway & Sons.

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