Fazil Say: 1001 Nights In The Harem

Album cover art for upc 822186051474
Label: NAIVE
Catalog: V5147
Format: CD

Patricia Kopatchinskaja; Luzerner Sinfonieorchester;

Wholenote Discoveries - May 2009
The Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say has achieved great success in both classical and jazz fields, with frequent concert hall and jazz festival appearances and a discography ranging from Bach to Stravinsky. As an accompanist, he toured with Maxim Vengerov in 2004, and in 2006 formed a duo partnership with the Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. His violin concerto was written for Kopatchinskaja, and this CD is a live recording of the world premiere performance in Lucerne in February 2008. It is a very accessible and extremely satisfying four-movement work, the title of which suggests that in this particular meeting of East and West the ‘East’ is going to be the dominant partner, as indeed it is. Turkish percussion instruments add colour to a rich and warm orchestral score full of sensuous oriental sonorities that reaches its peak in a wonderfully lyrical third movement. Kopatchinskaja interprets the music superbly, with great support from Axelrod and the LSO. This is one concerto I'll be playing over and over again. Three other works by Say complete the disc. Patara, a quartet for soprano, ney flute, piano and percussion that was originally a ballet, and Alla turca Jazz, for piano, are both built on material from Mozart's A major Piano Sonata K331, while Summertime Variations is Say's third arrangement of the Gershwin song, here conceived as a dazzling solo piece suitable for use in both his classical and jazz appearances. Terry Robbins

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