Fazıl Say in Recital

Fazıl Say in Recital

PROGRAMME

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849): Nocturne e-Moll op. post. 72 Nr. 1

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849): Nocturne cis-Moll KK IVa,16, Lento con gran espressione, op. post.

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849): Nocturne c-Moll KK IVb,8 op. post.

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849): Nocturne Es-Dur op. 9 Nr. 2

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Klaviersonate Nr. 23 f-Moll, op. 57 „Appassionata“

Interval

Fazil Say (*1970): Troy Sonata Op. 78

Turkish-born composer and pianist Fazıl Say will make his debut at the Barbican Hall in March 2020.

With his extraordinary pianistic talents, Fazıl Say has been touching audiences and critics alike for more than twenty-five years, in a way that has become rare in the increasingly materialistic and elaborately organised classical music world. Concerts with this artist are something different. They are more direct, more open, more exciting; in short, they go straight to the heart. Which is exactly what the composer Aribert Reimann thought in 1986 when, during a visit to Ankara, he had the opportunity, more or less by chance, to appreciate the playing of the sixteen-year-old pianist. He immediately asked the American pianist David Levine, who was accompanying him on the trip, to come to the city’s conservatory, using the now much-quoted words: ‘You absolutely must hear him, this boy plays like a devil.’

His recordings of works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin and Stravinsky have been highly praised by critics and won several prizes, including three ECHO Klassik Awards. In 2014, his record-ing of Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 3 (with hr-Sinfonieorchester / Gianandrea Noseda) and Bee-thoven’s sonatas op. 111 and op. 27/2 Moonlight was released, as well as the CD ‘Say plays Say’, featuring his compositions for piano. Since 2016 Fazıl Say is an exclusive Warner Classics artist. In the autumn of 2016, his recording of all of Mozart sonatas was released on that label, for which, in 2017, Fazıl Say received his fourth ECHO KLASSIK award. Together with Nicolas Altstaedt, he record-ed the album “4 Cities” (2017). In autumn 2017 Warner Classics released the Nocturnes Frédéric Chopins and the album “Secrets” with French songs, which he recorded together with Marianne Crebassa and which won the Gramophone Classical Music Award in 2018. His recently released album is dedicated to Debussy and Satie.