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Classic FM, November 2006

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Sensible Sound, May 2000

"Naxos has not only produced an album of unusual, though trifling, music, they have framed it in some of their best sound. The orchestra is probably itself a bit thin in the strings, yet it comes across richly and naturally. There is a small degree of veiling due to the moderate distance at which it is recorded, but to compensate there is a fair amount of orchestral depth and hall ambiance. The overall impression one gets is most realistic. Another budget discovery."

, September 1999

" Early 20th-century French eccentric Erik Satie's piano pieces are ubiquitous, as are Debussy's orchestrations of two of his famously lyrical "Gymnopèdies." This album includes the Debussy arrangements, along with the third "Gymnopèdie" orchestrated by Roland-Manuel. But what makes this collection so enterprising is that it features Satie's hugely influential score to the Cocteau/Picasso/Massin ballet "Parade," along with the pop-inflected score to the Dadaist ballet "Relâche" and the dance piece "Mercure." The music is beguiling and bumptious by turns, its simplicity disguising revolutionary qualities. The Nancy orchestra plays this sad circus music as to the manner born, and the sound and presentation are solid. Another Naxos winner."

Allan Ulrich
San Francisco Examiner

"Stylish playing from the French city of Nancy, and, at approximately $6, a steal."

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