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Fazıl Say has been an internationally admired solo pianist for 25 years, but he is also an established composer who has received commissions from organisations that include the Salzburger Festspiele, WDR and the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, the Dresdner Philharmonie, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the BBC. He has a catalogue of some 90 works to his credit and has recorded no fewer than 50 albums.

Fazıl SAY (b. 1970)
Complete Violin Works
Violin Concerto ‘1001 Nights in the Harem’ 1
Sonatas for Violin and Piano 2
Cleopatra

Friedemann Eichhorn, Violin
Fazıl Say, Piano 2
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie 1
Christoph Eschenbach 1

Fazıl Say is one of the world’s most prominent pianists but he is also a much-admired composer with a substantial catalogue of works. He combines both these accomplishments in his two Violin Sonatas, the first of which is suffused with Turkish motifs and dances, such as the horon. The second sonata takes as its theme the abuse of nature and the need to resist despoliation. His Violin Concerto is subtitled ‘1001 Nights in the Harem’ and is full of rich melodies and atmosphere, and features an array of Turkish percussion instruments.

Listen to an extract from Violin Sonata No. 1:
III. Perpetuum mobile…: Presto
About the Artists
Concerts featuring pianist/composer Fazıl Say are somewhat different from the norm – they are more direct, more open, and more exciting. In short, they go straight to the heart. Say has composed 88 works and recorded 50 albums to date. His oeuvre includes four symphonies, two oratorios, various concertos, chamber music and numerous works for piano.
Violinist Friedemann Eichhorn's artistic activities range from performing early Baroque music on period instruments to classical and contemporary works with renowned orchestras and chamber music partners. He rediscovered and first recorded the complete violin concertos of French virtuoso Pierre Rode. On this recording he plays the Antonio Stradivari violin ‘Lady Jeanne’ from 1731 with the kind support of J & A Beare Ltd, London.
Christoph Eschenbach is in demand as a distinguished guest conductor with the finest orchestras and opera houses throughout the world. He is currently music director of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, principal guest conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and honorary conductor of the Bamberger Symphoniker. A prolific recording artist, Eschenbach has an impressive discography. His many accolades include the Légion d’honneur and the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize.
The Deutsche Radio Philharmonie is one of the largest radio symphony orchestras of the ARD, the German association of public service broadcasters. It plays a major role in South West Germany, especially around its home sites in Saarbrücken and Kaiserslautern, as well as in nearby France and in Mannheim, Mainz and Karlsruhe.
More recordings by Friedemann Eichhorn
★★★★
‘Eichhorn and Hülshoff are quite remarkable players.’
American Record Guide
8.572713
GLIÈRE, R.:
Complete Duets with Cello

Rummel • Hülshoff
Eichhorn • Körber
‘... a recording well worth acquiring.’
Fanfare
★★★★
‘... impeccable sense of balance, pristine and polished intonation (even in extensive passages played entirely in unison), and crisp articulation.’
AllMusic.com


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