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Jazz - To be released October 27, 2017 | ACT Music

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Classical - To be released October 6, 2017 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Miscellaneous - To be released September 15, 2017 | Dream Collection

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Classical - To be released September 15, 2017 | Orchid Classics

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Classical - To be released September 1, 2017 | Gramola Records

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Classical - To be released September 1, 2017 | Warner Classics

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As both a pianist and composer, Fazıl Say is exceptionally diverse in his interests – his recent Warner Classics releases have ranged from Mozart Sonatas to his own, eclectic evocation of four cities in Turkey. Yet, surprisingly, the music of Chopin is new to his extensive discography. “I didn’t record Chopin for so many years and now, for the first time, I have made a Chopin album,” comments Say, “because I wanted to have a very specific idea about me playing Chopin … The Nocturnes are especially beautiful, extremely poetic little night pieces that always convey a narrative. Of course, they are Chopin’s most famous works.” Warsaw’s Fryderyk Chopin Institute explains that the nocturne – a form invented by the Irish composer John Field (1882-1837), but taken to artistic heights by Chopin – is piano bel canto. That definition highlights the influence on the form of such operatic composers as Vincenzo Bellini and the prominence it gives to long, flowing melodic lines. As the Polish musicologist Artur Bielecki writes: “The nocturne, perfectly suited to the mood of the era, evokes with its very name romantic images of the night, the moon, and all the shades of lyrical and dramatic expression associated with them. Its poetry is shaped by an atmosphere of intimacy and reverie … It was Chopin, above all, who raised the nocturne to the pinnacle of poetry.” Chopin composed nocturnes over an extended period, from at least 1830 to 1846, publishing eighteen works in the genre in the course of his lifetime. Fazıl Say plays fifteen of the composer’s nocturnes on this album, including No. 21, which was published posthumously. Chopin's Nocturnes are typified by a lyrical and ornate melody with a left-hand accompaniment that often makes use of arpeggiated chords. The operatic influence is also evident in their form, which can be compared to the da capo aria that was so central to opera in the 18th century. The first section of the nocturne is followed by a contrasting, more agitated second section, and then the first section is reprised in an ornamented form. Among the best-loved of Chopin’s works in the genre are the Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1 and the exquisite Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2, one of the works which define the composer’s style and personality. “Chopin, of course, created ‘pianism’,” continues Fazıl Say. “In his manner and in his playing, he gave so much beauty to this instrument, the piano: a singing line that is always alive, detailed harmonies, and his fascination for Polish folklore and the Polish soul.” Chopin’s Etudes, along with those of Liszt and Debussy, played an important role in Fazıl Say’s original training as a pianist in his native Ankara, and he is an admirer of such legendary interpreters of the composer’s music as Alfred Cortot, Samson François, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and Vladimir Horowitz. When asked why he has not recorded Chopin’s music before, he replies: “Every musician goes through periods in which they play only certain composers. For some years, it can be Beethoven, for some only Bach, maybe for three or four years only Mozart, or modern music. You should always follow your interests and your instincts, then in the end the result will be true and fresh. You shouldn’t play works that you 'have' to play ... In our era there are already so many interpretations by fine musicians, so whatever you do, it needs to be authentic.” © Warner Classics

Classical - To be released September 1, 2017 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released August 19, 2017 | Paradise Classical

Electro - Released August 18, 2017 | Decca

Pop - Released August 18, 2017 | Gems Music

Classical - Released August 18, 2017 | Cobra Entertainment LLC

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Classical - Released August 18, 2017 | Decca

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Electro - Released August 18, 2017 | Decca

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