This excellent 3-CD album opens very interesting perspectives in a consistent quality of implementation. Firstly it gives a glimpse of the variety of minimalist movement that covers both a circular Philip Glass arpeggios, more neo- romantic, the religious tintinabulisme a Pärt , enjoyment micro - offsets a Riley or Reich, verve and almost jubilant " Britpop " Nyman or a poetic dreamer and a bit gray from those who claim to Satie.
Fresh from their recent triumphs at the London Proms, sisters Labeque (Katia et Marielle Labèque) present their first recording of the music of Erik Satie. The disc starts with the two pianists taking turns interpreting his ever-popular Gymnopedie. The other solo works are divided between Katia and Marielle in consideration of their respective temperaments. The pair are finally reunited in duets from the first and last collections of Satie's pieces for four hands ("Pour piano à deux et à quatre mains").