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Fazil Say: 1001 Nights in the Harem


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  • Performer: John Axelrod, Patricia Kopatchinskaja
  • Orchestra: Lucerne Sinfonieorchester
  • Composer: Fazil Say
  • Audio CD (25 May 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Auvidis/Valois / Naive
  • ASIN: B001JPB9LO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,830 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allegro
2. Allegro assai
3. Andantino
4. IV
5. Alla Turca Jazz, fantasia on the rondo from Mozart's Piano Sonata in A Major, K331
6. Patara Ballett
7. Summertime Fantasy

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'1001 Nights in the Harem', commissioned by the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, is a violin concerto written for Patricia Kopatchinskaja, with whom Fazil Say formed a duo in 2006. The title recalls the famous collection of fairytale "One 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'. 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. As a bonus, the disc includes three encores that Fazil Say performs at his concerts. These three pieces, Alla Turka Jazz, Patara Ballet, and Summertime Fantasy have become firm audience favourites. 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. Fazil Say's discography includes Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' with 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 entirely 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. Personnel: Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, John Axelrod (conductor), Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), Fazil Say (piano)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Gillie on 7 Jan. 2013
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The main work is a substantial violin concerto, which brings a certain Eastern exoticism to the otherwise classical sound world. It is magnificently played and recorded, and rewards repeated listening. Fazil Say is a virtuoso pianist as well as a leading Turkish composer, and the short tracks of Summertime and Mozart's Turkish rondo are really encore pieces. More substantial is the piece he wrote for the 2006 Vienna Mozart Festival "Patara Ballet". I find it growing on me, but I will more often want to hear the exciting violin concerto, and will watch out for other performances by Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the young violinist featured here.
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MAYBE THE MOST POPULAR PIECE BAY FAZIL SAY. DO NOT MISS THE INCREDIBLE VIOLINIST.
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The two magicians... 1 Jun. 2009
By Ayse Umran Ersan - Published on Amazon.com
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Kopatchinskaja / Say: Beethoven Ravel Bartok Say
The 1001 Nights in the Harem of Fazil Say and Patricia Kopatchinskaja is my second CD acquisition of the two. I knew Fazil Say as I have all his CDs, but it was a delightful discovery of the two together in a Duo. They have a similar flamboyant style and one can hear this in their music. I highly recommend this CD, but also the one that came out just before and the reference of which figures above. The 1001 Nights in the Harem composed by Say for Patricia brings us reminiscences of a long-lost time with great virtuozo accomplishments by Patricia. Summertime Variations and especially the Alla Turco jazz reflects the originality of Say's improvisations as always. Great CD....
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1001 Nights 14 Mar. 2013
By David Kolasky - Published on Amazon.com
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Heard this piece at a concert and had to buy the cd. The cd 's version is different, but equal to, the live performance version. The "bonus" recordings of Say playing piano was a welcomed surprise. Going to get more of his compositions and piano recordings.
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