3 Gymnopédies & 3 GnossiennesBy Erik Satie / ed. Murray Baylor / perf. Klara Kormendi Piano Book & CD Level: Intermediate / Late Intermediate Item: 00-28056
These two fascinating works are combined into one volume that includes an interesting biography, background information on the writing of the music, indispensable performance suggestions and a listing of recommended readings and recordings. Also included is an outstanding CD recording from the Naxos label, by Hungarian pianist Klara Kormendi. She studied at the Bartok Conservatory and later at the Liszt Academy, where she received her diploma with distinction in 1967. Kormendi enjoyed early success in a number of national competitions before embarking on a career that has taken her to the major musical centers of Europe. She has recorded works by Debussy and Ravel and the complete piano music of Eric Satie.