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Say: 1001 Nights In The Harem, Etc / Axelrod, Kopatchinskaya, Et Al

Release Date: 03/31/2009 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5147   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Fazil Say
Performer:  Aykut KoselerliBurcu SoysevCelalettin BicerPatricia Kopatchinskaya,   ... 
Conductor:  John Axelrod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  AML Lucerne Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fazil Say is an accomplished and acclaimed pianist, but the main focus here is on his composing talents. Not so long ago there was a craze for late-18th and 19th-century music that mingled European styles with Turkish traditions. Say demonstrates that this kind of fusion remains fertile in the 21st-century.

His Violin Concerto, written for Patricia Kopatchinskaja who performs here, is colourful and constantly engaging, filled with ear-catching textures, rhythms and melodies. As with Sheherazade, the violin unspools fascinating tales, linking the movements with cadenzas which, as Say says, bind them into an ‘intensely atmospheric unity’. The orchestra match Kopatchinskaja’s vigour and suppleness with incisive playing.
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The sleeve, booklet and label go astray on the track order from here. On the disc, Summertimes, a set of cool jazz-flavoured solo piano variations on the Gershwin classic, follows the Concerto. Say displays his technique as well as his understanding of piano-jazz history.

Similarly, on his 110-second alla Turca Fantasia, he mingles Mozart with stride and boogie, but it hardly stands up against Brubeck’s masterpiece Blue Rondo à la Turk! The lovely, evocative and lyrical Patara, also Mozart-inspired, is here performed by piano, soprano, ney (Persian flute) and percussion, forming a magical core for the programme.

-- Barry Witherden, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Patara by Fazil Say
Performer:  Aykut Koselerli (Percussion), Burcu Soysev (Soprano), Celalettin Bicer (Ney)
Conductor:  John Axelrod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  AML Lucerne Symphony Orchestra
Written: 2005; Turkey 
Length: 25 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin "1001 Nights in the Harem" by Fazil Say
Performer:  Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin)
Conductor:  John Axelrod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  AML Lucerne Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2008; Turkey 
Length: 28 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Summertime Variations for Piano solo by Fazil Say
Performer:  Fazil Say (Piano)
Written: 2006; Turkey 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Alla Turca by Fazil Say
Performer:  Fazil Say (Piano)
Conductor:  John Axelrod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  AML Lucerne Symphony Orchestra
Written: Turkey 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Turkey (1993).
Composition revised: 2003. 

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