on 7 January 2013
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.