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new-classics.co.uk, October 2014

[Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s]…works are rooted in Western musical practice yet incorporate traditional Turkish folk songs and culture. His piano music includes works that explore characteristic ‘limping’ rhythm, Turkish dance-forms and…children’s pieces of great charm and simplicity…[the works here are] all played with subtle elegance by the acclaimed Turkish pianist Zeynep Üçbasaran. © 2014 new-classics.co.uk Read complete review



Colin Clarke
Fanfare, November 2008

Good to see more and more of Ahmet Adnan Saygun’s music around. Once a name found only in textbooks, Saygun now commands a small but nevertheless significant discography. Inevitably perhaps, Naxos has joined the fray with this disc of piano music, and, as is typical of that company, it has found a native performer for the task, in this case Istanbul-born Zeynep Üçbaşaran. Üçbaşaran studied at the Liszt Academy in Budapest as well as at Freiburg; she is now resident in Santa Barbara, California. She is a wonderful exponent of this music. Her sense of rhythm, so vital here, leads to performances that are full of bounce. © 2008 Fanfare Read complete review



Christopher Howell
MusicWeb International, June 2008

…the Naxos recording sounds fine, I should add. The one piece which actually seems to have been reconsidered by Uçbasaran is the fourth Prelude which is more fluid, I would say to its advantage, adding to the attractiveness of what is in any case the most communicative—to me—of this group of pieces. © 2008 MusicWeb International





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