Album: Katia et Marielle Labèque, Erik Satie (KML)

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The Labèque sisters here offer a blend of Satie's work for both two and four hands, with the solo pieces divvied up according to compatability.

Marielle's firmer, more dramatic touch is well suited to the cluster of 20 miniatures which comprise the Sports et Divertissements, where impact has to be delivered in short bursts of sometimes less than 20 seconds, while the Trois Gnossiennes, Satie's most mysterious melodies, are realised with limpid delicacy by Katia, who also contributes the rarely-performed 4th, 5th and 6th Gnossiennes. Together, the sisters are best matched on the curious Trois Morceaux en Forme de Poire, where Marielle's sparse, harder chords spike Katia's more reflective figures.

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