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El Nour

Fatma Said, Malcolm Martineau, Rafael Aguirre...

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"Vieux pays merveilleux des contes de nourrice" (‘Old marvellous land of nursery tales’): These few words describe the irresistible and striking interpretation of Ravel's Shéhérazade, now of a bygone era. The timbral lows and highs radiate from Egyptian soprano Fatma Said’s voice. Her exemplary diction shines. Each word is intelligible and each sound exists to colour the word, emphasising its meaning. Nobody would have thought that the singer’s extremely versatile musicality – reminiscent of Regine Crespin’s vibrant performances – would find an even greater versatility in the orchestral version, with Malcolm Martineau’s beautifully timbred and precise piano occasionally slowing things down.
The program completely immerses itself in Spain, with Rafael Aguirre’s subtle guitar substituting itself for Martineau’s piano. Other facets of Fatma Said’s voice are her musical agility and ethereal spirit, which are revealed in the two Falla pieces. The Canción de Marinela by José Serrano, where her voice thickens, will remain an unforgettable moment of sweet sensuality. It's easy to start dreaming of Said exploring some other roles in zarzuelas, for which she would be divine! The three songs by Federico García Lorca, excerpts of the 13 Canciones españolas antiguas, are rather modest and of a noble elegance, even in the carnal arabesques of Nana de Sevilla. This is the perfect transition for the ‘Arabic’ songs that Fatma Said chooses next.
She introduces, for example, a pretty melody from Egyptian composer Gamal Abdel-Rahim (1924-1988), before flying off into the gorgeous Adieux de l’hôtesse arabe by Bizet where Burcu Karadağ's nev (a sort of reed flute) improvises in counterpoint alongside the vocals. The last four pieces return to the Egyptian and Lebanese standards, in a jazzy and nostalgic atmosphere. This is a captivating album with overwhelming emotion! © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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Shéhérazade, M. 17 (Maurice Ravel)

1
I. Asie
Fatma Said
00:09:33

Fatma Said, Soprano - Malcolm Martineau, Piano - Maurice Ravel, Composer - Tristan Klingsor, Poet

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited a Warner Music Group Company

2
II. La flûte enchantée
Fatma Said
00:03:12

Fatma Said, Soprano - Malcolm Martineau, Piano - Burcu Karadağ, Ney - Maurice Ravel, Composer - Tristan Klingsor, Poet

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited a Warner Music Group Company

3
III. L'indifférent
Fatma Said
00:03:49

Fatma Said, Soprano - Malcolm Martineau, Piano - Maurice Ravel, Composer - Tristan Klingsor, Poet

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited a Warner Music Group Company

Tus ojillos negros (Manuel de Falla)

4
Tus ojillos negros
Fatma Said
00:04:20

Fatma Said, Soprano - Rafael Aguirre, Guitar - Manuel de Falla, Composer

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited a Warner Music Group Company

La Canción Del Olvido (José Serrano)

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No. 2 Canción de Marinela
Fatma Said
00:02:05

Fatma Said, Soprano - Rafael Aguirre, Guitar - José Serrano, Composer

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited a Warner Music Group Company

Canciones clásicas españolas, Vol. 1 (Excerpts) (Fernando Obradors)

6
Cantares populares No. 2 : Del cabello más sutil
Fatma Said
00:01:40

Fatma Said, Soprano - Rafael Aguirre, Guitar - Fernando Obradors, Composer

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited a Warner Music Group Company

Zaïde, Œuvre 19 No.1, H 107 (Hector Berlioz)

7
Zaïde, Œuvre 19 No.1, H 107
Fatma Said
00:04:05

Fatma Said, Soprano - Malcolm Martineau, Piano - Hector Berlioz, Composer

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited a Warner Music Group Company

Le repos en Égypte (Philippe Gaubert)

8
Le repos en Égypte
Fatma Said
00:03:25

Fatma Said, Soprano - Malcolm Martineau, Piano - Philippe Gaubert, Composer

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited a Warner Music Group Company

13 Canciones españolas antiguas (Federico Garcia Lorca)

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No. 1 Anda jaleo
Fatma Said
00:02:12

Fatma Said, Soprano - Rafael Aguirre, Guitar - Federico Garcia Lorca, Composer

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited a Warner Music Group Company

10
No. 6 Sevillanas del siglo XVIII
Fatma Said
00:02:37

Fatma Said, Soprano - Rafael Aguirre, Guitar - Federico Garcia Lorca, Composer

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited a Warner Music Group Company

11
No. 8 Nana de Sevilla
Fatma Said
00:03:53

Fatma Said, Soprano - Rafael Aguirre, Guitar - Federico Garcia Lorca, Composer

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited a Warner Music Group Company

Ana Bent El Sultan (Abd al-Rahīm)

12
Ana Bent El Sultan
Fatma Said, Malcom Martineau
00:02:23

Fatma Said, Soprano - Malcolm Martineau, Piano - Abd al-Rahīm, Composer

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited a Warner Music Group Company

Adieux de l'hôtesse arabe, WD 72 (Georges Bizet)

13
Adieux de l'hôtesse arabe, WD 72
Fatma Said
00:05:40

Fatma Said, Soprano - Malcolm Martineau, Piano - Burcu Karadağ, Ney - Georges Bizet, Composer

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited a Warner Music Group Company

Aatini Al Naya Wa Ghanni

14
Aatini Al Naya Wa Ghanni
Fatma Said
00:05:05

Fatma Said, Soprano - Henning Sieverts, Double Bass - Itamar Doari, Percussion - Burcu Karadağ, Ney - Tamer Pinarbasi, Kanun - Tim Allhoff, Piano - Najib Hankash, Composer

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited a Warner Music Group Company

El Helwa Di

15
El Helwa Di
Fatma Said
00:03:39

Fatma Said, Soprano - Henning Sieverts, Double Bass - Itamar Doari, Percussion - Burcu Karadağ, Ney - Tamer Pinarbasi, Kanun - Tim Allhoff, Piano - Sayed Darwish, Composer

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited a Warner Music Group Company

Sahar El Layali (Kan Enna Tahoun)

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Sahar El Layali (Kan Enna Tahoun)
Fatma Said
00:03:19

Fatma Said, Soprano - Henning Sieverts, Double Bass - Itamar Doari, Percussion - Burcu Karadağ, Ney - Tamer Pinarbasi, Kanun - Tim Allhoff, Piano - Elias Rahbani, Composer

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Yamama Beida

17
Yamama Beida
Fatma Said
00:03:53

Henning Sieverts, Double Bass - Itamar Doari, Percussion - Burcu Karadağ, Ney - Tamer Pinarbasi, Kanun - Tim Allhoff, Piano - Vision String Quartet (Jakob Encke, Daniel Stoll violins - Leonard Disselhorst cello - Sander Stuart viola) - Dawood Hosni, Composer

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

"Vieux pays merveilleux des contes de nourrice" (‘Old marvellous land of nursery tales’): These few words describe the irresistible and striking interpretation of Ravel's Shéhérazade, now of a bygone era. The timbral lows and highs radiate from Egyptian soprano Fatma Said’s voice. Her exemplary diction shines. Each word is intelligible and each sound exists to colour the word, emphasising its meaning. Nobody would have thought that the singer’s extremely versatile musicality – reminiscent of Regine Crespin’s vibrant performances – would find an even greater versatility in the orchestral version, with Malcolm Martineau’s beautifully timbred and precise piano occasionally slowing things down.
The program completely immerses itself in Spain, with Rafael Aguirre’s subtle guitar substituting itself for Martineau’s piano. Other facets of Fatma Said’s voice are her musical agility and ethereal spirit, which are revealed in the two Falla pieces. The Canción de Marinela by José Serrano, where her voice thickens, will remain an unforgettable moment of sweet sensuality. It's easy to start dreaming of Said exploring some other roles in zarzuelas, for which she would be divine! The three songs by Federico García Lorca, excerpts of the 13 Canciones españolas antiguas, are rather modest and of a noble elegance, even in the carnal arabesques of Nana de Sevilla. This is the perfect transition for the ‘Arabic’ songs that Fatma Said chooses next.
She introduces, for example, a pretty melody from Egyptian composer Gamal Abdel-Rahim (1924-1988), before flying off into the gorgeous Adieux de l’hôtesse arabe by Bizet where Burcu Karadağ's nev (a sort of reed flute) improvises in counterpoint alongside the vocals. The last four pieces return to the Egyptian and Lebanese standards, in a jazzy and nostalgic atmosphere. This is a captivating album with overwhelming emotion! © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

Details of original recording : Recorded: I.2020, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (1–13); II.2020, Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (14–17)

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