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Fazil Say - Bach Recital

Fazil Say Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (15 Nov 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B00000IJU2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allemande
2. Courante
3. Sarabande
4. Gavotte
5. Polonaise
6. Bourrée
7. Menuet
8. Gigue
9. [Allegro moderato]
10. Andante - Allegretto Tranquillo - Andante
11. Presto
12. Prelude
13. Fugue
14. Chaconne in D Minor - Johann Sebastian Bach
15. Prelude
16. Fugue

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking Chaconne 4 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is my best way of SAYing a heartfelt "Thanks". Say's interpretation of the Bach-Busoni Chaconne has become really special to me. I cannot believe a better interpretation would be possible, only a different one. I bought the record here on Amazon upon having heard him play Liszt's B-minor sonata on the car radio. I got late to my next appointment because I just had to hear everything! That sonata is difficult to shape but Say created a flowing line throughout. This is also the case with the Chaconne of about half the length of the Liszt sonata. The sound is flint hard, and you feel you are floating inside the grand piano. You feel the hammers punching your jaw. And your ears are caressed by their faintest whisper. This record's track 14 is worth the price alone. And when you consider that the quality of playing is kept up in the remaining 15, then what are you waiting for? If I had to rescue just one of my album's from a fire, this would be it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite impressive, but .. 15 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
He is a fine pianist, with just a hint of Glenn Gould about his approach, but somehow the playing never really takes flight. And it's not a great pressing - there is an unusual amount of distracting surface noise.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite defines this CD / this CD defines Exquisite 27 Nov 1999
By Mark K. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The word "exquisite" came to mind as I started to record my impression of this performance by Fazil Say. I'm an awful speller, so I stopped by m-w.com to look up that word and found it's definition so perfectly descriptive of the qualities of this recording - my review was just about accomplished! This piano playing is: marked by flawless craftsmanship, by beautiful, ingenious, delicate, and elaborate execution, .... marked by fine discrimination, deep sensitivity, and subtle understanding. Indeed, in a universe of many, many great pianists, the touch of Fazil Say floats on the very crest of them all. In keeping with all other reviewers of this CD, I have also been utterly captured by the Bach-Busoni transcription. I eager await further releases by this truly rare artist.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A flashy, fun Bach recital 14 May 2005
By Aaron F. Judd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Fazil Say's Bach recital is amazing for it's variety and breadth: it begins with the lucid, intimate beauty of the 6th French Suite (in which Say's playing is unusually sensual, with the recording balance just warm enough to match his playing style) and climbs to the mountainous Liszt and Busoni transcriptions. The Liszt is wonderfully colorful and dramatic, an underrated work that is smashing in Say's tense and fiery reading. Say ends the disc with the the famous C major Prelude and Fugue from Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier, a move that could seem pat but works very well; the tender arpeggios of the Prelude dispel the epic anguish of the Bach/Busoni "Chaconne" and close the disc in innocent wonder.

I look forward to another Bach recital from this delightful artist; perhaps next time he can push the Bach-playing envelope with recomposition/improvisation? Or a transcription of his own?
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fazil Say's Bach is superb. 29 Jun 2000
By Miles D. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
His performances of the French Suite and the Italian Concerto are a revelation--crisp, forceful, even gutsy, all the inner voices coming out strongly and clearly. I like to compare and contrast Say's performance of the Chaconne with those of Jorge Bolet and Awadagin Pratt; it's interesting to see which harmonies each pianist emphasizes, but it's obvious all three are in the same league!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE ! 5 Jun 1999
By Mehmet Tunc Celebi(mcelebi@tron.com.tr) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
He is one of the most talented and gifted pianist and composer of our generation.His concentration and achievement at Chaconne BWV1004, striked me as a commendable achievement all around. He plays Bach with a genuine fire with a personal approach. I would strongly recommend any Classical Music lover to follow this Gentelman as a great pianist and more over, a very talented composer with his Piano Concerto 1 - Silkroad.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Bach! Fabulous Fazil! 28 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What a find this pianist is. His new Bach recording hits you from the opening bars. I never tire of listening to it. This is one of my favorite recordings.
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