One could argue that French composer Erik Satie (1866-1925) perfected the art form of trolling everybody, and his oeuvre can be seen as a single middle finger to established tradition. The irony, though, is that his work is now considered to be quite beautiful and can often be found with the tag easy listening. So it seems about time that someone comes in to alter the way we hear Satie. Philip Corner, one of the pianists to play the first public performance of Satie’s Vexations in 1963, does just that with his new 2-CD collection of Satie piano pieces, Satie Slowly, which, as the title suggests, consists of Satie pieces slowed down past the threshold of contemporary comfort. Corner elaborates on his methodology in a 44-page booklet of commentary and an additional 16-page booklet of graphic analyses.
Satie Slowly is out September 30 via Unseen Worlds.