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Black Earth

Fazil Say Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 20, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Valois
  • ASIN: B0000AKQH5
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Music For The 21st Century September 16, 2008
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At the moment, Black Earth is the only recording of Fazil Say's own music that is officially available in America. The title composition is an homage to Turkish "minstrel" (we need a better word here!) Asik Veysel and the sound of his stringed baglama. Say's use of hand damped strings to create the sound of a folk instrument not only led him to bridge the gap between "world music" and "classical music" genres, but also becomes the basis of his pizzicato string and orchestral percusssion effects in pieces like Stravinsky's "The Rite Of Spring."

This recording may appeal to a diverse audience. First are the fan's of this young virtuoso's rising career (see Amazon customer reviews of his Stravinsky recording for an example, or count the hits on You Tube). Next are students of classical music composition who have already taken note (including world premiers with the Boston Symphony Orchestra). I would also include those who may have given up hope on classical music written after about 1940 but may now awake from a long slumber. Finally, and perhaps most important of all, a new generation looking to the future and a new art form.

This recording is a great introduction to Fazil Say's music, but you will probably want to hear much more. As a first step, try the videos of his oratorio "Nazim" on You Tube. (approaching a quarter million views!) If this work is any indication, we may be heading forward into a second "golden age" of classical music. It's been a while since the days when one might have expected a contemporary composer to reduce an audience to tears. Three Cypresses, My Country, Sunday, and the other excerpts on You Tube show why this piece is performed each summer in an ancient Roman theater in Anatolia to crowds of thousands.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Earth October 18, 2009
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This is some of the best new music of the 21st century. The music has mystery and adventure while staying in the classical world. I don't hear much of Turkey in the music, Fazil Say's home truf but I do hear a budding classical composer. Of course his playing is first rate and the sound is clear and upfront. Highly recommended. After purchasing this CD, I also checked out his "1001 Nights in teh Harem" and his classical recording of Beethoven, Bartok and Ravel with Patricia Kopatchinskajs on the violin. You should also check out these wonderful CD's.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must listen... March 24, 2004
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a must listen for real music lovers, say`s piano is talking from anatolia and europe through the new world. you can taste modern jazz to classical music with a brilliant performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All OK March 10, 2013
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