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Fazil Say: Black Earth


Release Date: 01/20/2004 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 4954   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Fazil Say
Performer:  Fazil SayVolkan OrhonEmrah KotanKudsi Erguner,   ... 
Conductor:  Muhai TangEliahu Inbal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Chamber Orchestra LisbonORTF National OrchestraKudsi Erguner Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Turkish pianist Fazil Say has now joined Naïve and presents his new album. After a dazzling start to his career, which has made him one of the world's best-known and most popular pianists, and a run of recordings of Mozart, Bach, Gershwin and Stravinsky which have made their mark on the classical catalogue, Fazil Say now shows us another facet of his art: his own compositions. Fazil Say began learning piano and composition at the same time, when he was five years old. As he moved from Ankara to Berlin, where he studied, then to New York where he launched his international career, before returning to his roots and settling in Istanbul, this atypical pianist, son of a writer father and pharmacist mother, became a passionate Read more enthusiast for improvisation and jazz: 'Art Tatum and Ravi Shankar are just as much of an inspiration to me as Bach or Beethoven', he likes to say. Anyone who has attended one of Fazil Say's concerts has heard some of his own compositions played as encores, among them the now famous 'Black Earth' for solo piano, based on a Turkish folksong, in which Fazil, evoking the saz, a Turkish traditional instrument, simultaneously plays the keys and the strings inside the piano, producing an incredible sound. The programme also includes his Sonata for violin and piano, conceived as an imaginary journey through Anatolia, performed with the violinist Laurent Korcia, and the two piano concertos, 'Silence of Anatolia' with the Orchestre National de France conducted by Eliahu Inbal, and 'Silk Road' with the Orquestra de Cãmara Gulbenkian under Muhai Tang. The CD ends with his now celebrated 'Variations on a Caprice of Paganini', followed by 'Dervish in Manhattan', with a jazz quartet and the virtuoso ney player Kudsi Erguner. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Black Earth by Fazil Say
Performer:  Fazil Say (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Live  Beethoven Festival, Bonn, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 "Silk Road" by Fazil Say
Performer:  Fazil Say (Piano)
Conductor:  Muhai Tang
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Chamber Orchestra Lisbon
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisboa, Portugal 
Length: 15 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3.
Silence of Anatolia by Fazil Say
Performer:  Fazil Say (Piano)
Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Live  Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris 
Length: 7 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4.
Obstinacy by Fazil Say
Performer:  Fazil Say (Piano)
Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Live  Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
5.
Paganini Variations for Piano by Fazil Say
Performer:  Fazil Say (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Live  Lucerne Festival, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
6.
Dervish in Manhattan by Fazil Say
Performer:  Volkan Orhon (Double Bass), Emrah Kotan (Percussion), Emrah Kotan (Drums),
Kudsi Erguner (Ney), Fazil Say (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kudsi Erguner Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Live  Radio France & Montpellier Festival 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 7 by Fazil Say
Performer:  Fazil Say (Piano), Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 41 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Black Earth, Op. 8
Violin Sonata, Op. 7: I. Introduction: Melancholy
Violin Sonata, Op. 7: II. Grotesque
Violin Sonata, Op. 7: III. Perpetuum mobile
Violin Sonata, Op. 7: IV. -
Violin Sonata, Op. 7: V. Epilogue: Melancholy
Piano Concerto, Op. 4, "Silk Road"
Silence of Anatolia, Op. 11
Obstinacy
Paganini Variations
Dervish in Manhattan

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