Satie: Socrate

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Satie: Socrate


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2016

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - August 2016

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8th April 2016




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Satie: Socrate


Trois Melodies

3 autres Mélodies


Socrate - Drame Symphonique


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With 2016 being the 150th anniversary year of the birth of Erik Satie, Barbara Hannigan and Reinbert de Leeuw present with expressive intensity and in a unique way, the fascinating sound world of this leading French composer and pianist. Hannigan and de Leeuw let us discover and experience Satie’s almost forgotten and unique vocal compositions: Trois Mélodies, Trois Autres Mélodies and Hymne. The main work and title of the album is the composition Socrate comprising of three parts - Portrait de Socrate, Les Bords d’Illissus and Mort de Socrate: music which sounds white, transparent and fragile.

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No. 1. Les anges

No. 2. Les fleurs

No. 3. Sylvie

Erik Satie: 3 Autres mélodies

No. 1. Chanson

No. 2. Chanson médiévale

No. 3. Les fleurs

Erik Satie: Le prince du Byzance

Le prince du Byzance

Erik Satie: Socrate

No. 1. Portrait de Socrate

No. 2. Bords de I'llissus

No. 3. Mort de Socrate

BBC Music Magazine

August 2016

“Hannigan and De Leeuw perfectly capture the elusive, emotionally detached nature of Socrate”

Gramophone Magazine

June 2016

“Throughout their album, Barbara Hannigan and Reinbert de Leeuw maintain a very noticeable consistency of mood, atmosphere and colour. The coolly detached house style of Winter & Winter has been respected but an aesthetic decision has clearly been taken to represent Satie as a creative lone wolf.”

MusicWeb International

July 2016

“Barbara Hannigan proves to be one of the finest interpreters of this music…while Reinbert de Leeuw proves that you do not need the chamber orchestra in Socrate. Indeed, the partnership between Hannigan and De Leeuw shows great intelligence and a true sense of ensemble that opens this music to a greater understanding.”

The Guardian

5th May 2016


“Hannigan sings the songs of Erik Satie as if she’s sitting next to you, whispering and cooing across the kitchen table with sufficient breathiness, soft edges and exquisite spaciousness to match Reinbert de Leeuw’s sweet-melancholy piano chords.”

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