SATIE

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Ka­tia Labèque, Marielle Labèque (pi­ano, pi­ano duet) KML 1120

This isn’t ex­actly what you might ex­pect from France’s most fa­mous pi­ano duo. Yes, Ka­tia and Marielle Labèque do of­fer a sharply pointed per­for­mance of Satie’s best-known pi­ano duet, the Trois Morceaux en forme de Poire, and also present the later and more mech­a­nis­tic Trois

pe­tites Pièces Mon­tées. But the rest of the disc is given over to pi­ano so­los. The sis­ters share the reverie of the Gymnopédies be­tween them, but Ka­tia takes a some­times too forth­right ap­proach to the

Gnossi­ennes. Marielle, whose solo selections in­clude the com­plete

Sports et Di­ver­tisse­ments, shows an al­to­gether finer ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the equiv­o­ca­tion at the heart of Satie’s work, even when she’s ex­press­ing her­self force­fully. Fans will de­light in the op­por­tu­nity to com­pare the Labèques as soloists. www.kml record­ings.com

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