Album: Satie, Avant-dernières pensées – Tharaud, (Harmonia Mundi)

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A tribute to Satie from Alexandre Tharaud, with perfectly pitched performances of the "Gnossiennes", "Avant-dernières Pensées" and "Valse-ballet" on the first disc.

The second sees Eric Le Sage join Tharaud in "Trois Morceaux en forme de poire", "La Belle Excentrique" and Milhaud's transcription of "Cinéma". Hip chanteuse Juliette delivers husky accounts of "Je te veux" and "Chez le docteur", and Jean Delescluse a high-camp "Allons-y Chochotte". But for the absence of "Vexations", an ideal Satie primer. Anna Picard

Pick of the album: Delescluse and Tharaud's giddy 'Allons-y Chochotte'

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