Pictures

Pictures

by Fazil Say
     
 

For this CD/DVD combo package from Naïve, Turkish pianist Fazil Say performs Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition"; Leos Janácek's "Piano Sonata, 1.X.1905"; and Sergey Prokofiev's "Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major," filmed in concert by Jean-Pierre Loisil. If the program has an air ofSee more details below

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For this CD/DVD combo package from Naïve, Turkish pianist Fazil Say performs Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition"; Leos Janácek's "Piano Sonata, 1.X.1905"; and Sergey Prokofiev's "Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major," filmed in concert by Jean-Pierre Loisil. If the program has an air of quirkiness, it is fitting because Fazil Say has developed a reputation for unpredictability and eccenticity, both in his repertoire and in his interpretations. Say has been hailed in some quarters as a genius, and his fearless reshaping of classic pieces by his own lights has attracted both admirers and critics; it is hard to stay neutral about his playing, which is either idiosyncratic or self-indulgent. The performance of "Pictures" is quite novel and surprising, even including plucking inside the piano, and one's enjoyment undoubtedly depends on liking Say's extravagant changes of pacing and having a high tolerance for his intrusive humming and grunting. The piano sonatas by Janácek and Prokofiev have somewhat less theatricality and playfulness, perhaps because they are less open to manipulation or "recomposition," though Say's interpretations are still quite free in tempo and phrasing, and his vocalizations persist. Naïve's recording is clear and close-up, capturing all the notes and giving Say realistic presence, for better or worse.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2011
Label:
Naive
UPC:
0822186051993
catalogNumber:
5199
Rank:
156317

Tracks

  1. Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Fazil Say
  2. Piano Sonata ("Zulice, 1.X.05," "From the Street, 1 October, 1905"), JW 8/19 (final movement lost)  - Leos Janácek  - Fazil Say
  3. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for piano  - Modest Mussorgsky  - Fazil Say

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Performance Credits

Fazil Say   Primary Artist

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