Erik Satie Entertainment


Meriel Dickinson mezzo soprano
Peter Dickinson piano

HTGCD 171 – 5060332662494

1 CD

The Dickinsons presented their Erik Satie Entertainment many times in this country and abroad throughout the 1970s. At that time Satie was not as well-known as he is today – the Dickinsons were pioneers. London performances sold out. This Heritage disc presents the original LP (in remastered form) along with extracts from live concerts and consists of many songs, both serious and popular, some piano pieces and a few readings showing Satie’s eccentric humour.

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SONGS: Trois melodies (1887); Hymne: Salut Drapeau!; Tendrement; Geneviève de Brabant; Trois mélodies (1916); Chanson; Chanson médiévale; Quatre petites melodies; Trois poèmes d’amour; Ludions; La Diva de l’Empire; Je te veux

PIANO WORKS:  Le Piccadilly: Marche; Gnossienne Nº2; Pièces froides No.2; Poudre d’or; Gymnopédie Nº1; Vexations; Le Piège de Méduse


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    ‘The rewritten liner notes are excellent. They give all the information that one could wish for. Alas, the song texts are given only in French. Meriel Dickinson’s charming mezzo-soprano is consistently good, with clear diction. This is coupled with her brother Peter’s precise and responsive piano playing, all invested with the appropriate amount of humour and seriousness…………. It is up to the listener to decide if Erik Satie was a genius, a charlatan, had his tongue firmly in his cheek, or was just plain bonkers. Listening to this fantastic CD will tend to suggest the composer was a bit of each!’
    John France MusicWeb International

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    ‘The Heritage label continues its worthwhile excavation of overlooked ‘deep catalogue’ with this selection of Erik Satie’s piano pieces, songs and prose as performed by Meriel and Peter Dickinson…….. Meriel and Peter are so attuned to the facets of Satie’s inimitable genius…… informed and appealing introduction to this music by artists for whom its advocacy was clearly a labour of love.’ Richard Whitehouse, Arcana July 2021

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