Many years ago a colleague of mine put a note on my desk with the name of Fazil Say on it and tells me to listen to his music. I made my way through the internet, found an album and yeah, I liked his music immediately. What got me hooked was that it sounded fresh, like there is playing someone who really loves music.
Soon afterwards we went to a concert at the Wiener Konzerthaus and I was astonished. Not only is he a genius by playing the piano I liked the way he treated his colleagues on stage. He not only invited them over to play some of their stuff but by playing together he showed what a humble genius he is.
Tuesday evening we attended an evening of classic music at the Wiener Musikverein and saw Fazil Say again, live on stage. This time he was there with Dennis Russell Davies and the bruckner orchester Linz.
Title: “Fazil Say als Pianist und Komponist”
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Ouvertüre zu “Iphigenie in Aulis”
bearbeitet von Richard Wagner
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 12
A-Dur KV 414
Preludes für Saxophonquartett und Orchester (UA)
Just to let you know – I love music and classic music is something which I enjoy the most when played live. I have a very small collection of some recordings at home but I am far from being an expert. What I can tell you is this.
The first half was dominated by the play of Fazil Say together with the orchestra and I enjoyed it a lot. I don’t know how much they played together but it fitted amazingly well, Fazil played the piano like there will be no tomorrow. There are moments when you have the feeling that is completely lost to the real world and he became one with the instrument. He loves to play fast and beautiful melodies. Having him seen twice so far this seems to be his speciality. Some of the people in the orchestra seemed to be a bit nervous and were always looking, waiting and curious about how he and the audience may react.
The later feeling became even more imminent within the second half where the piano was missing and the orchestra played the preludes for saxophone quartet which Fazil composed. From the very beginning I was hooked and I was not aware how many different tunes someone is able to play on a saxophone.
In the very end the orchestra the saxophone players left the stage and the orchestra finished this very fine evening by playing Boléro from Maurice Ravel.
Overall I can say that in any case I may have the chance of seeing Fazil Say play on a stage again I will do so.