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Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, September 2014

If you relish really creative modern music, you’ve got to love Frederic Rzewski’s compositions.

An interesting disc…well played by Satterlee who specializes in modern music and has been a devotee of Rzewski’s music… © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, September 2014

Satterlee…has been associated with Rzewski’s music for many years. These are expert performances that lack nothing, and this disc can be recommended to the curious… © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Zachary Woolfe
The New York Times, August 2014

My favorite selection from this excellent sampling of Rzewski’s peerlessly strange and inventive music is “De Profundis”, which makes characteristically extreme demands on its pianist, who must recite Oscar Wilde’s crushing prison text while playing a difficult part, moaning, humming, making animal noises and, at one point, singing Mozart. © 2014 The New York Times



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, June 2014

…a tour de force that has an extremely serious intent. It makes for compelling listening with the music often comprising a Bachian fugue followed by shades of nineteenth-century romantic piano music as well as frantic crashes of unmusical notes. The music cannot be listened to in isolation since everything is necessarily intertwined. Obviously it is not a work to be listened to for relaxation nor can it be appreciated by everyone without hearing it several times. It will grow on the listener who is not immediately grabbed by it as I was.

Robert Satterlee does an amazing job with all the works on the disc, especially Second Hand, or Alone at Last.

That said, this is a fascinating disc of music from a truly interesting and thought-provoking composer. It’s brilliantly played and well worth exploring by anyone prepared to take on more challenging works. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Christina Petrowska Quilico
The WholeNote, June 2014

It is an amazing performance and the music was a revelation. The pianist has to recite, sing, hum, whistle, hit the body and the piano, and play a Harpo horn, all while playing exquisite music expressively. Bravo to the pianist for this heart-wrenching performance, filled with sensitive playing and an operatic and dramatic fervor. It truly was an incredible feat. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review



International Piano, June 2014

Second Hand, or, Alone at Last, a collection of works for the left hand, is of primary interest here…The sextet of studies were written for Robert Satterlee, who performs here with astonishing flexibility. Satterlee has an enivable internal metronome. © 2014 International Piano




Barry Witherden
BBC Music Magazine, June 2014

Satterlee rises strongly to the challenge of these stern, adventurous pieces, not least in realising the variety of vocal techniques called for in De Profundis for speaking pianist © 2014 BBC Music Magazine



David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2014

Frederic Rzewski’s list of mentors includes Piston, Babbitt, Sessions and Dallapiccola, his early career being that as a pianist working in the field new music. Born in 1938 he is now looked upon as a father figure among American composers, the present disc coming from his long Indian Summer. Second Hand, or Alone at Last is a series of six short pieces for left hand…For the listener it emerges as an improvised exploration of the possibilities of the hand that is usually ‘left with the job of accompanying’. As the music flies around the keyboard to its outer extremes, it is a score that offers virtuosity. Thus far Rzewski has emerged as a composer working in atonality, but to a degree backtracks to tonality in the extended De Profundis, a score lasting around half an hour. It is for a ‘speaking pianist’…The pianist is expected to accompany these spoken words by also ‘humming, whistling, hitting the body and the piano’. Performed by the American-born, Robert Satterlee…He certainly makes out a particularly strong case for De Profundis. The recording quality is outstanding. © 2014 David’s Review Center



Ettore Garzia
Percorsi Musicali, March 2014

…in this brief compilation dedicated to the pianist, that provides a brief and sintetic project about the composer, the choice has fallen on “Fantasia”…in the 6 sound sketches of “Second-hand, or, alone at last”…and one of his masterpieces “De Profundis”…which captures the most fascinating part of American composer…are an opportunity to baste an intimate happenings of avant-garde music: an experience to be distributed among piano, voice and gestures. The execution is entrusted to a perfect Robert Satterlee… © 2014 Percorsi Musicali Read complete review





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