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Saygun: Piano Concertos No 1 And 2 / Griffiths, Onay, Bilkent So


Release Date: 10/28/2008 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777289-2   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ahmed Adnan Saygun
Performer:  Gülsin Onay
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


If you can imagine the combination of Bartók's alternately nocturnal and percussive keyboard writing (and scoring) married to the chromatic luxuriance of Szymanowski or Scriabin, then you have a good sense of what to expect from these two marvelous concertos. Saygun was without question a major composer, one of the last of the great ethnic nationalists. The influences of Turkish folk music have been fully absorbed into an evocative, personal idiom that has enough ties to Western tradition that aficionados of the great Romantic concertos won't lose their bearings while still savoring the many new, colorful, and atmospheric sounds that Saygun evokes.

The First Concerto dates from
Read more the 1950s, the Second (composed for the splendid soloist on this recording) from the 1980s. There's perhaps a touch more refinement to the scoring of the Second Concerto, but both are full of ear-catching ideas and offer plenty of virtuoso opportunities to the pianist. We probably won't get any more recordings of these pieces anytime soon, so it's a good thing that the performances here sound wholly fresh, idiomatic, and full of fire. I've been pushing Saygun's distinctive, masterful body of work for years, but if you haven't taken the plunge then this excellently engineered disc makes a great place to start.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1, Op. 34 by Ahmed Adnan Saygun
Performer:  Gülsin Onay (Piano)
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; Turkey 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2, Op. 72 by Ahmed Adnan Saygun
Performer:  Gülsin Onay (Piano)
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Turkey 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 34: I. Deciso - Moderato - Vivo - Animato - Meno mosso - Cadenza: Rubato - Deciso - Moderato - Vivo - Molto vivo
Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 34: II. Andante con moto - Sostenuto - Tempo primo
Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 34: III. Allegro assai
Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 71: I. Moderato - Presto - Allegro - Grave - Pesante - Largo - Poco vivo - Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 71: II. Lento - Poco piu mosso - Poco meno - Lento
Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 71: III. Animato - Moderato - Animato

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