Say, Fazil - 1001 Nights in the Harem

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1001 Nights in the Harem was commissioned by the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra - a violin concerto written for Patricia Kopatchinskaja, with whom Fazil Say formed a duo in 2006. The title recalls the famous collection of fairytales The Thousand and One Nights, and just as Scheherazade is the tireless narrator in that work, so the solo violinist in Fazil Say's concerto takes on the role of 'principal storyteller', as the composer himself explains: 'It is the solo violinist who tells the stories and thus leads us through the whole work. The concerto consists of four movements. The first takes place inside a harem. Various women of the harem are presented with their individual personalities. The second movement is wholly given over to the dance - a kind of all-night party with different types of dance music. The third takes place the next morning, and consists in large part of variations on a celebrated Turkish song. Although the fourth movement begins dramatically, it comes increasingly to echo all that has gone before, and the work ends dreamily and calmly with sensuous oriental sonorities. Accordingly, the orchestral scoring includes several Turkish percussion instruments, such as kudümand glockenspiel, as well as marimba, vibraphone, celesta, and harp. The violin part is written in a highly virtuosic style and is used to hold the work together, since the solo instrument plays a cadenza between the movements, sometimes accompanied by a Turkish percussion instrument. Thus the four movements are linked to one another in intensely atmospheric unity.'

The Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say was born in Ankara and studied piano and composition at the State Conservatory of his home city. At seventeen he was awarded a scholarship enabling him to work for five years with David Levine at the Robert Schumann Institute in Düsseldorf. From 1992 until 1995 he pursued his studies at the Berlin Conservatory. Fazil Say is frequently invited by the New York Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw, the BBC Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, and other leading orchestras throughout the world. He has played at the Ruhr Piano Festival, the festivals of Lucerne, Verbier, Montpellier and Salzburg, and has also performed in many of the world's prestigious concert halls, such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Musikverein, Suntory Hall (Tokyo), and Carnegie Hall. In 2004 Fazil Say undertook a concert tour of Europe and the USA with the Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov, and in 2006 he formed a duo with the outstanding violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. He is also an experienced jazz musician, playing regularly at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Fazil Say is equally at home as a composer. In 1991 he produced his Concerto for Piano and Violin, followed five years later by his Second Piano Concerto Silk Road. His oratorio Nazimwas first performed in Ankara in 2001 and was closely followed by many other compositions, including his Third Piano Concerto in 2002, an oratorio Requiem for Metin Altiokin 2003, and a Fourth Piano Concerto in 2005. The same year, Fazil Say also wrote his first film score, followed by further incidental music for Turkish and Japanese films. His ballet score Patara, commissioned by the city of Vienna, was premiered in 2006. In February 2008 the first performance of his Violin Concerto 1001 Nights in the Haremwas given in Lucerne by Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Fazil Say's discography includes Gershwin's Rhapsody in Bluewith the New York Philharmonic and Kurt Masur, a Bach recital, and Stravinsky's four-hand arrangement of The Rite of Spring, in which Say plays both parts himself. This recording brought him several international awards, including the 2001 Echo Preis Klassik and the German Music Critics' Best Recording of the Year. His first recording with Naïve was entire-ly devoted to his own music, while the second is of three Mozart concertos with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Howard Griffiths. A CD of Beethoven piano sonatas was released in 2005, and a selection of Haydn sonatas in 2007. His most recent release is a recital with Patricia Kopatchinskaja of music by Beethoven, Ravel, Bartók, and his own Violin Sonata. In 2008 Fazil Say was appointed ambassador for intercultural exchange by the European Union.

Artikelnummer V5147
Streckkod 0822186051474
Utgivningsdatum 2009-01-19
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Naïve
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Kompositörer Say, Fazil
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