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Saygun: Symphony No 3 & 5 / Rasilainen, Et Al


Release Date: 06/15/2004 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999968   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ahmed Adnan Saygun
Conductor:  Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Saygun's Third Symphony is a masterpiece, reflecting both the composer's roots in Turkish folk music and also a compositional sophistication that recalls Bartók (whom the composer assisted on ethno-musicological expeditions in Turkey). At 38 minutes, it's a major statement, full of evocative sonorities created by swirling strings, harps, celesta, and percussion. Both symphonies in fact reveal much the same style, largely dissonant but clearly melodic, with frequent rhythmic ostinatos propelling the music along. The Third Symphony ends boldly, the Fifth enigmatically, but there's a prevailing nocturnal quality to Saygun's music that gives it a bewitching, hypnotic sensuality quite unlike anything else you may have heard. If your taste Read more runs toward the modernist school of Romantic nationalism, you'll find this music really marvelous.


Ari Rasilainen, always a reliable guide to the unusual, as his numerous previous outings for CPO have proven, turns in typically committed, exciting performances. The Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz plays bravely: this is very virtuosic writing, and the brass at times show the strain--but there are no major technical problems and the sonics are typically excellent. This is the second disc in CPO's ongoing series of Saygun symphonies (and hopefully other orchestral music as well). It's one of those quiet, unheralded editions that most listeners probably won't notice or think about twice, but it really does deserve your support. Saygun was a very gifted composer with the kind of personal voice that collectors look for in unfamiliar repertoire, and his evocative style consistently compels attention. If you give this a shot, you won't be sorry.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 3, Op. 39 by Ahmed Adnan Saygun
Conductor:  Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961 
2. Symphony no 5, Op. 70 by Ahmed Adnan Saygun
Conductor:  Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 3, Op. 39: I. Lento - Allegro
Symphony No. 3, Op. 39: II. Sostenuto - Lento
Symphony No. 3, Op. 39: III. Scherzo: Vivo
Symphony No. 3, Op. 39: IV. Commodo
Symphony No. 5, Op. 70: I. Moderato - Allegro
Symphony No. 5, Op. 70: II. Vivo
Symphony No. 5, Op. 70: III. Tranquillo
Symphony No. 5, Op. 70: IV. Allegro

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