Satie Trois mélodies; Trois autres mélodies; Hymne; Socrate
Barbara Hannigan (soprano), Reinbert de Leeuw (piano)
Winter & Winter 910 234-2
Reviewed August 2016
Reinbert de Leeuw has immersed himself in Satie’s music for many years, and helped Hannigan ‘remove herself’ from their performance of Satie’s quirky cantata Socrate. The resulting intimacy is unusually effective: conversational, enigmatic, elusive, understated, while Satie’s love songs are hypnotically beautiful. This is the outstanding new recording from Satie’s anniversary year.
Audio clip: 'Sylvie' from Trois mélodies