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Saygun: Symphony No 4, Etc / Rasilainen, Et Al


Release Date: 06/21/2005 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777043   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ahmed Adnan Saygun
Conductor:  Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This release completes CPO's excellent cycle of Saygun symphonies in fine fashion, and we can only hope that the series continues with additional orchestral works. Both the Fourth Symphony and the Violin Concerto are late compositions, meaning that stylistically they resemble a sort of Turkish Bartók or Szymanowski, with a wonderfully evocative folk melos underpinning the music's frequently dissonant and chromatic harmonic style. Saygun's gift at orchestration, and particularly in creating dark, velvety, voluptuous textures from such instruments as low winds, harps, and celesta, means that no matter how complex the music may be, it always falls gratefully on the ear. In the Violin Concerto especially, Saygun always seems to know when Read more to conjure a straightforward tune to chart the progress of the evolving dialog between solo and orchestra.


On the other hand, the Suite Op. 14 is an early piece whose simpler style clearly belongs in the world of romantic nationalism, and its pungent 11 minutes breeze by before you know it. Even so, there's a certain basic melancholy that runs through all of Saygun's music, a deep, almost primal sadness that's very touching and that marks him out as a composer whose music communicates readily, all questions of his stylistic evolution aside.


The performances in this series have captured this quality particularly well, being unflinchingly direct in expression, colorfully played, very sympathetically conducted, and gorgeously recorded. In the concerto, Mirjam Tschopp does a particularly fine job with what must be a very difficult solo part. There's no need to go into further detail: if you collect characterful and rewarding contemporary music, you will want this.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4, Op. 53 by Ahmed Adnan Saygun
Conductor:  Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; Turkey 
2.
Concerto for Violin, Op. 44 by Ahmed Adnan Saygun
Conductor:  Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; Turkey 
3.
Suite, Op. 14 by Ahmed Adnan Saygun
Conductor:  Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Turkey 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 4, Op. 53: I. Deciso
Symphony No. 4, Op. 53: II. Poco largo
Symphony No. 4, Op. 53: III. Con anima e molto deciso
Violin Concerto, Op. 44: I. Moderato
Violin Concerto, Op. 44: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto, Op. 44: III. Allegro
Suite, Op. 14: I. Meseli: Moderato
Suite, Op. 14: II. Improvisation: Lento
Suite, Op. 14: III. Horon: Molto vivo

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