Chevallier gives Satie a solemn air

Pianist-turned-historian Claire Chevallier brings a distinct authenticity to these familiar works by Satie

Composer: Satie
Repertoire: Gnossiennes; Gymnopédies, et al
Artists: Claire Chevallier
Rating:  3/5
Genre: Instrumental
Label: Zig Zag ZZT 080901

Chevallier has a carefully researched and restored instrument, made during Satie’s lifetime. I wonder if it’s her concern for historical accuracy that leads to a performance which is almost too solemn, respectful and considered. I’m always interested by musician’s interpretations of Satie’s extraordinary miniatures, because their very structure allows for an individual’s artistry to add a fresh perspective. Chevallier restrains her instincts to the point where this polished performance loses its Satie soul, but it does allow your own imagination to take over.