Work of the Week - Fazıl Say: Gezi Park 3
On 2 September, Fazıl Say's specially commissioned work for this year’s Musikfest Bremen, Gezi Park 3, will receive its world première at Die Glocke in Bremen. Kristjan Järvi conducts the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa and the composer at the piano.
Say's 15-minute work is the third in a series of Gezi Park compositions in which the musical styles vary dramatically. Gezi Park 1 is a concerto for two pianos, Gezi Park 2 a sonata for piano, and Gezi Park 3 a ballad for mezzo-soprano, piano and string orchestra. Rather than setting a text, Say's mezzo-soprano enriches the orchestral sound with vocalizes, paralleling the piano lines. Each of the Gezi Park compositions is a musical reflection on the protests and riots in Istanbul in the summer of 2013, incidents in Say’s home country that hold major significance for him.
The situation in Turkey is very important for me and for the Turkish history – a peace demonstration à la '68 in Europe. Millions of people came together in many Turkish cities. Gezi Park in Istanbul was the symbol, but the situation was the same in every big city. – Fazıl Say
Alongside Gezi Park 3, Say will perform Le Tombeau de Couperin for solo piano and Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major. The programme also includes Stravinsky's Firebird Suite performed by the Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
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