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Saygun: Cello Concerto, Viola Concerto / Hugh, Tschopp

Release Date: 01/29/2008 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777290   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ahmed Adnan Saygun
Performer:  Timothy HughMirjam Tschopp
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc strikes me as an ideal introduction to the music of Turkey's greatest composer. Ahmed Adnan Saygun's style might be described as "Szymanowski with a primal rhythmic feel." If you love the composer's First Violin Concerto then you will find here a very similar exoticism, nocturnal atmosphere, and love of voluptuous textures. The harmonic style is intensely chromatic, but also highly melodic. Like Bartók in his last period, Saygun's handling of tonality mellowed toward the end of his life, which makes the Cello Concerto more consonant than the Viola Concerto, but both works are absolutely gorgeous and masterpieces of their kind. It's positively criminal that no one plays
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The performances here are excellent. Tim Hugh is a well-known cellist, and he pours on the tone with all of the rhapsodic abandon that Saygun requires. Mirjam Tschopp also is a superb violist, with a big, beefy tone that never gets swamped by the intricate orchestration. It's also very rewarding to hear a Turkish orchestra in this music--and to find that it plays beautifully under Howard Griffiths. CPO's ongoing series of orchestral and chamber works by Saygun is an important landmark in 20th-century music, and it deserves the broadest possible exposure and support. The sonics are also perfectly balanced and ideally clear. Fabulous!

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

Concerto for Cello, Op. 74 by Ahmed Adnan Saygun
Performer:  Timothy Hugh (Cello)
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Turkey 
Concerto for Viola, Op. 59 by Ahmed Adnan Saygun
Performer:  Mirjam Tschopp (Viola)
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; Turkey 

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