The Gnossienne Suite by BJ Cole & Emily Burridge


Although BJ Cole and Emily Burridge have had several of Erik Satie's Gnossiennes in their repertoire for some time, it was only when they had the idea of performing the complete cycle that it became clear that the pieces should evolve in the form of a suite, and to this end they have composed musical passages that link the individual 'miniatures' and create a sense of momentum through the whole work. Also, the idea of the individual Gnossiennes as movements in a suite gives added weight and substance to the whole, and allow a new appreciation of Satie's unique musical genius. BJ Cole's Pedal Steel and Emily Burridge's cello bring out a lyrical quality in Satie's music that is not possible to express in the standard piano interpretations; and undercurrents of Eastern European music clearly emerge as an influence on Satie's original compositions.

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"Music is not meant to be static, real music takes flight; it is an expression both within and outside time. Few musicians appreciate this as much as BJ Cole and Emily Burridge. When they perform established pieces of music they don't just recite them; their interpretations have the all important extras: poignancy, conviction and weight. Their delicate but powerful duets carry emotions that haunt you. They play with poise enough to take your breath, stop time and speak to you directly."