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Esotérik Satie

by Alessandra Celletti plays Satie

Erik Satie, the father of ambient music, was one of music's great originals. His simplicity, essential harmonies, freedom of form of musical understatement made a strong impression on composers like Debussy, Ravel and Stravinskij.
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1. Danses de Travers n° 1 Alessandra Celletti
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2. Danses de Travers n°2 Alessandra Celletti
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3. Danses de Travers n° 3 Alessandra Celletti
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4. Gnossiennes n°1 Alessandra Celletti
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5. Gnossiennes n° 2 Alessandra Celletti
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6. Gnossiennes n° 3 Alessandra Celletti
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7. Gnossiennes n° 4 Alessandra Celletti
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8. Gnossiennes n° 5 Alessandra Celletti
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9. Gnossiennes n° 6 Alessandra Celletti
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10. Yachting Alessandra Celletti
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11. Le Tango Alessandra Celletti
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12. Le Bain de Mar Alessandra Celletti
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13. Gymnopédies n° 1 Alessandra Celletti
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14. Gymnopédies n° 2 Alessandra Celletti
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15. Gymnopédies n° 3 Alessandra Celletti
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16. Pieces Froides n° 1 Alessandra Celletti
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17. Pieces Froides n° 2 Alessandra Celletti
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18. Pieces Froides n° 3 Alessandra Celletti
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19. Sarabande n° 3 Alessandra Celletti
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20. Ogive n° 1 Alessandra Celletti
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21. Petite Ouverture a Danser Alessandra Celletti
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Album Notes
"A wonderful gem! This incredibly well put together album is a triumph start to finish."
Daniel Bristow -


"To be interested in Satie one must be disinterested to begin with, accept that a sound is a sound and a man is a man, give up illusions about ideas of order, expressions of sentiment, and all the rest of our inherited aesthetic claptrap. It is not a question of Satie's relevance. He's indispensable."
(John Cage)


Alfred Eric Leslie Satie was born on May 17th 1866 at Honfleur(France. He began his musical studies as an organist at the Paris Conservatory with Lavignac. In 1888 he composed three Gymnopédies, inspired by a poetry reading by his friend J. P. Contamine de Latour. The hypnotic allure of these compositions had its roots from in dances performed by youths during an ancient ritual celebration.
The next year, seduced by the Romanian popular music and Indonesian Gamelan he had heard at the Great Exhibition in Paris, he started working on Gnossiennes. In 1891 he met Debussy who became his friend until 1916 when a misunderstanding led to a break-up that would never be reconciled.

That same year he met Sar Jospehin Peladin, Grand Maestro of the Aesthetic Order of the Catholic Rosae Crucis of the Temple of the Grail. Satie became his follower and was made Master of the Chapel. His compatriot and friend, the humorist Alphonse Allais, then gave him the nickname Esotérik Satie. Among the several works he composed under the guidance of Sar Pedalan were Trois Préludes du "Fils des étoiles", le Sonneries de la Rose-Croix. In 1893, he composed the Danses gothiques.
In these first works Satie was already using a freehand style with no bar lines, arranged chromatically around complex chord structures. In the score he would replace conventional directions such as "allegro", "piano con brio"... with his own invented terminology - "from the top of your back teeth", "do your best"... In 1896 he took up residence on the outskirts of Paris in a modest house with huge rooms - "I have many ideas to accommodate," - where he composed Pièces froides.

He gave up all esoteric research and in 1900 began collaborating with the music-hall diva Paulette Darty. It was in this period that Satie immersed himself in café-concert and popular music. In 1905, tired of being considered little more than an amateur, and at odds with the musical academia, he enrolled for three years at the Schola Cantorum, where he studied counterpoint with Albert Roussel. In 1910 his music attracted the attention of Diaghilev, Picasso, Picabia, Ravel, Stravinsky and finally Cocteau with whom he became co-founder of the Les Six group.

Fame, however, came with two important productions. In 1917 with Parade by Jean Cocteau and Picasso for the Russian Ballet. In 1924 the second ballet, Relache, with text and staging by Picabia, and the celebrated intermission film by René Clair (Entracte), opened in Paris to an uproar. Satie died as he had lived, poor but illustrious, surrounded by admirers, at the Saint-Joseph hospital on July 17th 1925.


Alessandra Celletti was born in Rome, June 6th 1966. After graduating from the Santa Cecilia conservatory in Rome, she completed a specialisation course with the Maestro Vera Gobbi Belcredi. Alongside live performances she has written compositions for electronic music, contributing to multimedia projects. Since 1998 she has collaborated with KHA Records, recording three albums dedicated to the music of Gurdjieff and De Hartmann (Hidden Sources - 1998), Erik Satie (Esotérik Satie - 2000) and Scott Joplin (Black Baby - 2002)


KHA Records is an Italian independent company based in Rome since 1998 with the aim of building up a quality catalogue and paying special attention to contemporary repertoire and performances.


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kevin white

ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL ! ! ! alessandra's playing is truely a gift from the gods !

jhon smjth


Stephen Wade

Well done! I had great pleasure listening to your music.
I have given this 4 stars and will certainly enjoy listening to this music for a long time to come.

My only complaint is the packaging. The CD does not fit securely within the wallet and hence has a tendency to frequently fall out.

Best regards
Sandy Williams on behalf of Stephen Wade

[Alessandro Mezzena Lona - Il Piccolo Giornale di Trieste]

A predisposition to easiness and meditation
"Erik Satie's music can't be played by just anyone. Because it requires a particular sensitiveness, a love without boundaries. A predisposition to easiness and meditation. An approach to musical notes, aligned on the great French artist's pentagram, which the pianist Alessandra Celletti has made her own with great passion."

Niclas Fogwall - Erik Satie Homepage

Esotérik Satie is really a great piece of work
"Esotérik Satie is really a great piece of work, the choice of works and the order between these is tasteful. Most professional pianists seem to have major difficulties catching the secret atmosphere behind them, and to perform them the way Satie intended to, but Alessandra does it with great affection".

J. Walter Driscoll - author and editor

A refreshing, vigorous and sensitive recording
"Thanks to Alessandra Celletti and KHA Records for her refreshing, vigorous and sensitive recording of Satie. It is aptly titled 'Esotérick Satie."

Frank Mallet - Le Monde de la Musique

A clear, delicate, performance.
"Alessandra Celletti draws from these very well known works (A. Ciccolini, J.J. Barbier, R. De Leew) the inner strenght to recapture our flagging attention. Her Piecès Froides vibrate with a rare light and the three Gymnopédies are refreshed by a clear, delicate, performance. The rhythm remains suspended, rigorous and grave. The humour, the non-sense and as well as the absurd are elegantly and pointedly expressed in the Sports et Divertissements, from which the interpreter has chosen three short movements".

Ornella Volta - Archives Erik Satie

A sensitive interpretation
"The sensitive interpretation by Alessandra Celletti highlights the fundamental homogeneity of the composers work, who through the diversity and multiplicity of his explorations, has constantly striven to liberate himself from his own subjectivity."

Alessandro Rosa - La Stampa

A searcher of genial sounds
"Erik Satie was a searcher of genial sounds and a free spirit. At this point the young talented pianist Alessandra Celletti has emerged in order to compose Esotérik Satie. With a strict sense of measure and a delicate interpretation Alessandra moves from Satie's evolutions experimenting through an original research of the French composer's musical harmony."

Chad Bruner

I highly recommend this interpretation as a permanent addition to any ambient collection ^_^
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