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Solo Piano - Released September 30, 2016 | Warner Classics

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Solo Piano - Released September 1, 2017 | Warner Classics

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Fazil Say, who made his debut on this label with a very, very well-received work on Mozart’s Complete Piano Sonatas, is now turning his attention to Chopin, but a more confidential side of Chopin, much less virtuoso, the Chopin Nocturnes, the almost complete work of which he recorded in the Mozarteum Salzburg in March 2016. An “almost complete work” because the Nocturne in C-Sharp minor Op. 71/1 is missing, most likely due to CD running time restrictions as the total exceeded the limit by just a handful of seconds… Regardless the interpretation is dazzling and almost symphonic, taking these Nocturnes out of the hyper-romantic state of torpor they are so frequently plunged in by musicians. In addition to Chopin’s music, a few of Say’s short-lived grunts can also be heard who, much like Gould (albeit to a lesser extent), sometimes enjoys humming in the background. © SM/Qobuz
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Solo Piano - Released August 31, 2018 | Warner Classics

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The remarkable Turkish pianist Fazıl Say (born 1970) here offers us a suitably remarkable album, recorded in 2016 in the Great Hall of the Salzburg Mozarteum and given over to the Premier Livre of Debussy's Préludes – 1910 – which he sets up in against the six Gnossiennes by Satie (1890 for the first three, 1897 for the latter three) and to the pieces which made him famous, the Gymnopédies of 1888. It's quite stunning to hear these works and to reflect on the fact that Satie's works actually come before Debussy's Préludes – by almost two decades, in fact. It is hardly surprising the Satie has been thought a real avant-gardist both in his day and by minimalists today. Considering how different these two were, it was natural that they should have been friends, especially given Debussy's tendency towards jealousy of his contemporaries... But it is impossible to be jealous of a kind, bubbly soul like Satie. Say brings immense tenderness to these two opposite poles – poles so far removed that they almost join back up. © SM/Qobuz
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Solo Piano - Released November 14, 2011 | naïve classique

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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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Keyboard Concertos - Released January 13, 2014 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released February 24, 2017 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released August 31, 2018 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released March 15, 2019 | Warner Classics

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Solo Piano - Released September 29, 2014 | Naive

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Classical - Released October 11, 2005 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released September 14, 2004 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released October 22, 2012 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released February 20, 2007 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released June 28, 2019 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released August 19, 2003 | Naive

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Classical - Released September 1, 2017 | Warner Classics

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Turkish pianist Fazil Say is one of the charismatic stars on the European scene. Recently signed to the Warner Classics label, he offers nocturnes by Chopin, a composer he has rarely played or recorded in the past. The packaging contains this justification: "I had a particular idea about playing Chopin…We're facing difficult times in this world, but if you play this music, you forget everything." One can debate this statement; Chopin lived in turbulent times as well. But it gives a clue as to Say's interpretation, which aims at being hypnotic and very often succeeds. His readings of the nocturnes are unusually Motorik, with rubato kept under control except at certain intense junctures: his touch is light; his dynamic levels are quiet. The results individually can be quite arresting, with each nocturne explored in subtle strokes. You can imagine Say playing these in concert and holding his devoted audience rapt; you can also imagine listening to them in sequence in a dreamlike state late at night. But there isn't a great distinction among the individual pieces, and you might or might not like that; Say does not perform the nocturnes in a chronological set but sequences them in such a way that the music, not the pianism, provides the contrast. Warner's engineers get wonderful results from the Great Hall of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and this seems an album aimed straight at Say's admirers and generally a pleasure for them.
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Classical - Released November 25, 2013 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released September 30, 2016 | Warner Classics

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Symphonic Music - Released January 1, 2013 | İmaj Music

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Classical - Released February 24, 2017 | Warner Classics

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