HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Erik Satie – The Early Piano Works (De Leeuw)

Compelling performances of the gymnopedies AND the much less known Gnostic fantasies. I feel De Leeuw’s interpretation of Satie to be the most beautiful and satisfying. These renditions are played incredibly slowly–that is the key feature of this recording, and if a listener is used to how these pieces are generally played, they may find the slow pace disconcerting. On the other hand, it can bring out the saddest and most reflective elements of the works–it depends on the listener. For those looking for the slowest rendition they can find however, this could be it. Give the slow pace a chance–it has a beauty all its own.

Composer: Erik Satie
Performer: Reinbert De Leeuw
Vinyl 1980
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.61 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF


A Gnossiennes 22:24
B1 Petite Ouverture À Danser 2:17
B2 Prélude De La Porte Héroique Du Ciel 5:39
B3 Danses Gothiques 13:43
C1 Ogives 13:16
C2 3 Gymnopédies 15:52
D 3 Sarabandes 20:15
  Sonneries De La Rose + Croix
E1 Air De L’Ordre 5:08
E2 Air Du Grand Maître 6:07
E3 Air Du Grand Prieur 3:42
  Pièces Froides
E4 Airs À Faire Fuir I 3:38
E5 Airs À Faire Fuir II 1:49
E6 Airs À Faire Fuir III 3:37
  Pièces Froides
F1 Danses De Travers I 1:40
F2 Danses De Travers II 1:23
F3 Danses De Travers III 2:15
F4 Prière 1:32
  Quatre Préludes
F5 Fête Donnée Par Des Chevaliers Normand En L’Honneur D’Une Jeune Demoiselle 4:16
F6 Prélude D’Eginhard 2:17
F7 1er Prélude Du Nazaréen 5:25
F8 2me Prélude Du Nazaréen 4:29

Analyzed folder: /96k Satie – The Early Works – De Leeuw
DR Peak RMS Filename

DR15 -1.04 dB -21.39 dB A Gnossiennes.aif
DR15 -1.44 dB -20.29 dB B1 Petite Ouverture A Danser.aif
DR14 -0.79 dB -18.62 dB B2 Prelude De La Porte Heroique Du Ciel.aif
DR16 -2.10 dB -22.12 dB B3 Danses Gothiques.aif
DR16 -1.00 dB -22.99 dB C1 Ogives.aif
DR17 -14.69 dB -37.04 dB C2 3 Gymnopedies.aif
DR18 -0.78 dB -25.64 dB D 3 Sarabandes.aif
DR15 -2.99 dB -24.14 dB E1 Sonneries De La Rose + Croix – Air De L’Ordre.aif
DR13 -6.47 dB -25.59 dB E2 Sonneries De La Rose + Croix – Air Du Grand Maitre.aif
DR14 -8.96 dB -30.51 dB E3 Sonneries De La Rose + Croix – Air Du Grand Prieur.aif
DR16 -0.55 dB -22.95 dB E4 Pieces Froides – Airs A Faire Fuir I.aif
DR12 -13.69 dB -29.10 dB E5 Pieces Froides – Airs A Faire Fuir II.aif
DR17 -0.86 dB -23.97 dB E6 Pieces Froides – Airs A Faire Fuir III.aif
DR11 -7.45 dB -22.24 dB F1 Pieces Froides – Danses De Travers I.aif
DR11 -9.91 dB -23.70 dB F2 Pieces Froides – Danses De Travers II.aif
DR11 -9.76 dB -23.34 dB F3 Pieces Froides – Danses De Travers III.aif
DR14 -13.20 dB -31.77 dB F4 Pieces Froides – Priere.aif
DR14 -12.43 dB -31.46 dB F5 Quatre Preludes – Fete Donnee Par Des Chevaliers Normand En L’Honneur D’Une Jeune Demoiselle.aif
DR14 -2.13 dB -21.21 dB F6 Quatre Preludes – Prelude D’Eginhard.aif
DR13 -10.65 dB -26.93 dB F7 Quatre Preludes – 1er Prelude Du Nazareen.aif
DR14 -10.97 dB -28.88 dB F8 Quatre Preludes – 2me Prelude Du Nazareen.aif

Number of files: 21
Official DR value: DR14


Ripping Info


A few words about the way i’ve been cleaning vinyl records and post-processing rips, since summer 2017: After washing and recording the vinyl, I use a kind of mixed cleaning of the rip, which consists of mostly manual rather than automatic de-clicking, (the latter only on unimportant passages, such as end of the groove, beginning and end of the songs, applause, speaking). I often leave the rips almost rough, de-clicking only the silences between the tracks. Never de-noising or/and EQ, as unfortunately some do. I prefer to hear a bit of quiet noises of the clean groove, that contain something of the music, rather than generate clinically clean files that may, eventually, sound a bit dead. If you do not agree, do not download my rips and buy instead digital files or CDs.
When I listen to music I “don’t hear” any noise: I enjoy the music 😀
I do not make rips for headphones!

  • Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
  • DR-Analisys
  • Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96 & 24/192: Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5



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