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Gulsin Onay Plays Liszt, Haydn, Schubert

Liszt / Haydn / Schubert / Onay
Release Date: 09/27/2011 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92140   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz LisztFranz Joseph HaydnFranz Schubert
Performer:  Gulsin Onay
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

LISZT Dante Sonata. La Leggierezza. Grande Marche d’Abdul Medjid-Khan. SCHUBERT Piano Sonata , D 958. HAYDN Andante variée Gülsin Onay (pn) SONO LUMINUS 92140 (72:54)

The Turkish pianist Gülsin Onay is perhaps best known in the U.S. from two VAI DVDs. The first, from 2009, introduced her in the Saint-Saëns G-Minor and Grieg Read more concertos. A recital filmed at the 2008 Miami International Piano Festival and including works by Schumann, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Elgar, and Ahmed Adnan Saygun was released earlier this year. Onay studied in Turkey and later at the Paris Conservatory, where she won her first prize at 16. Subsequently she won prizes at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud and Busoni competitions.

Onay’s approach to Schubert’s C-Minor Sonata, D 958, the largest work on her interesting new Sono Luminus disc, tends toward the lyrical rather than the dramatic. Generally relaxed tempos allow her to bring out many intricacies of voice-leading that go unheard in more rushed readings. That said, the furious tarantella of the finale moves along at a terrific clip, its momentum never flagging. Throughout, the trademarks of Onay’s style—precise articulation, judicious pedaling, and extreme clarity—are everywhere in evidence. Her superb sense of cantabile playing also imbues Haydn’s F-Minor Variations. Here her interpretation strikes as ineffably French, more wistful than tragic, and always emotionally at one with the musical affects.

Liszt’s Grande paraphrase de la marche de Donzetti composé pour Sa Majesté le sultan Abdul Medjid-Khan , a souvenir of his 1847 tour to Constantinople, is a not insubstantial work of eight minutes. Here, and in a subtly calibrated and intensely expressive reading of the Dante Sonata , Onay reveals her flair for romantic virtuosity. (These two pieces are ever so slightly marred by overly close microphone placement at the Sono Luminous studios in Boyce, Virginia.) A poetic and delicate La Leggierezza rounds out the program.

Ultimately it is Onay’s unqualified emotional identification with the music she plays, conveyed with an honest and impeccable technique, that makes her performances so persuasive. One looks forward to hearing more from her.

FANFARE: Patrick Rucker
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Works on This Recording

Grande Paraphrase de la Marche...pour Sa Majesté le sultan Abdul Medjid-Khan (Donizetti), S 403 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gulsin Onay (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Venue:  Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 8 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Sonata for Keyboard in F minor, H 17 no 6 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Gulsin Onay (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 15 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 7, Après une lecture du Dante by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gulsin Onay (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 16 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Sonata for Piano in C minor, D 958 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gulsin Onay (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 30 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144: no 2 in F minor, La leggierezza by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gulsin Onay (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1848; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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