Hugh Robjohns wrote:To quote the former BBC DG John Birt, I fear you are "tainted by experience". :D
Your expectations and presumptions of the work obviously don't sync with those of the performer and producer. But that's fine -- it's your point of view, formed by your personal experiences.
For what it's worth, my personal opinion is that I really like the intimate setting, which I think suits the works perfectly. And I like the interpretation and performances too -- staccato grace notes and all...
But the bottom line for me, is that it is the most enjoyable of the four CD versions of Satie's works I have available here.
Although those DC offsets are still very distracting... :lol: :bouncy:
First let me say that this is just my view, I'm not being critical of anything or anyone in particular, this isn't a general review!
I have preformed ideas in my head about all sorts of classical recordings, those ideas were shaped in the 60's/70's and I think the first recordings we hear of works we love are always the best, in our minds, and become yardsticks, and recording techniques, production and fashions regarding classical interpretations are always changing.
The way I see it is that Saties music is extremely ethereal, other worldly, and the production needs to reflect that, it needs a dream-like quality. Distant mic's, in a large space, and a very laid back smooth playing style.
This documentary has some excellent musical examples...
I have an affinity with Satie, I know what he would have liked, I've always felt connected with him, in a very strange way, there's no need to call the "men in white coats" Hugh...