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Socrate / Cheap Imitation
Satie, Cage, Helling
Socrate / Cheap Imitation
Genre: Classical
 
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Satie's Socrate is a "symphonic drama," in the composer's words, although it's scored for soprano and piano. An adaptation of Platonic dialogues, it demonstrates an altogether childlike simplicity that is entirely charming...  more »

      
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All Artists: Satie, Cage, Helling, Henck
Title: Socrate / Cheap Imitation
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Wergo Germany
Release Date: 7/6/1993
Album Type: Import
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Forms & Genres, Short Forms, Instruments, Keyboard
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 4010228618624, 093046423421

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Satie's Socrate is a "symphonic drama," in the composer's words, although it's scored for soprano and piano. An adaptation of Platonic dialogues, it demonstrates an altogether childlike simplicity that is entirely charming, and the rich voice of alto Hilke Helling conveys the unmediated sincerity of Satie's conception. The work by Cage that follows--wonderfully titled Cheap Imitation--is a reworking of Satie's composition. Cage distilled Satie's work to a single melodic line for piano with the help of the Taoist oracle I Ching. This radical music makes Socrate seem positively Baroque in comparison. --Joshua Cody