The characteristic harmonies of much of the music of Erik Satie belong to the Impressionist period and, though originally written for the piano, are extremely well-suited to the natural idiomatic expression of the guitar. Michael’s arrangements of the ‘Three Gymnopedies’ comprise ALL the notes of the original piano versions: a most complex process since all the piano sounds must fit comfortably, or uncomfortably, onto the six strings of the guitar. Nevertheless, the present recording is done as it is in concert, on one classical guitar, without overdubbing. The tempo is a little quicker than when the pieces are played on the piano, due to the shorter resonance time of notes played on the Spanish guitar. Now and then, one hears a “vibrato” and slides, which, of course, can’t be done on the piano but which add warmth of expression to this undeniably charming, exotic and mystic music.