Paganini Jazz is a variation on his renowned “24th Capriccio” theme. Originally designed as a charming encore work, Fazil Say transforms the theme into a. Buy all music ✅ you need from BestSeller: Paganini Jazz from Fazil Say Variations on the 24th Caprice in stock ✓!. Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say (b. ) transforms Paganini’s 24th Capriccio theme into a virtuosic classical/jazz suite. The piece was originally.

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That said, Say is at his best the further he gets away from the solo piano, in these works at least.

With a Turkish ney amid a more conventional jazz trio, the players find a strong fzil of immediacy that clearly resonates with the audience in this live recording. Fazil Say Composer Fazil Say pf.

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Short solo encores may have the biggest payoff on the applause meter, but his extended works are the ones that show the most compositional range.


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Sonata sqy Violin and Piano. Say Black Earth The latest in a grand line of applause-inciting pianist-composers View record and artist details Record and Artist Details.

The past century has seen a firm line divided between those disciplines, such that anyone not content to specialise in one was destined for a reputation for dilettantism in both. In many ways, the year-old Turkish-born pianist Fazil Say is a throwback to an earlier pianistic age — not in his playing style so much as his commitment to composing music as well as performing it. His Violin Sonata takes its folklore more at face value, matching a fine gift for melody to rather colourfully violinistic technique.

Music composed by non-performers may have the advantage as far as sonic innovation is concerned, often leaving performers to learn or even develop new techniques to keep up, but performing composers have a distinct advantage in writing music with greater technical and emotional connection with the instrument.


Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. Of his solo works, Black Earth opens the recording in a fusion of sources sounding rather like a Turkish folk song jointly rendered by Rachmaninov and Art Tatum.

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