hr-Sinfonieorchester performs Fazıl Say's Istanbul Symphony

Fazıl Say – Istanbul Symphony (hr-Sinfonieorchester, conductor: Howard Griffiths)

Conducted by Howard Griffiths, hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) performs Turkish pianist and composer Fazıl Say’s Symphony no.1 op.28, also known as “Istanbul Symphony”. Recorded at the hr-Sendesaal, Frankfurt on November 10, 2012.

In the beginning of the video, the Turkish composer is introducing the traditional Anatolian instruments to the audience.

Say’s first symphony, the Istanbul Symphony, premiered in 2010 at the conclusion of his five-year residency at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and it was a great success. The work constitutes a vibrant and poetic tribute to the metropolis on the Bosphorus(1) and its millions of inhabitants.

Movements

  1. Nostalgia
  2. Religious order
  3. Blue Mosque(2)
  4. Merrily Clad Young Ladies aboard the Ferry to the Prince’s Island(3)
  5. About the Travellers to Anatolia departing from the Haydar Pasha Train Station(4)
  6. Oriental Night
  7. Finale

Notes

  1. The Bosphorus (or Bosporus) is a natural strait and internationally-significant waterway located in northwestern Turkey, in Istanbul, that forms part of the continental boundary between Europe and Asia, and separates Asian Turkey from European Turkey.

    The Bosphorus
    The Bosphorus
  2. Blue Mosque or Sultan Ahmet Mosque is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I.

    Blue Mosque, Istanbul
    The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) has one main dome, six minarets, and eight secondary domes.
  3. The Prince’s Islands, officially just Adalar in Turkish (“Islands”), are an archipelago off the coast of Istanbul, in the Sea of Marmara. During the summer months the Princes’ Islands are popular destinations for day trips from Istanbul. As there is no traffic on the Islands, the only transport being horse and cart, they are incredibly peaceful compared with the city of Istanbul. They are just a short ferry ride from Istanbul.

    Büyükada, İstanbul
    Prince’s Islands
  4. Built in 1909 by the Anatolian Railway (CFOA) as the western terminus of the Baghdad and Hedjaz railways, Haydar Pasha Train Station is a railway terminal in Istanbul. Until 2012 the station was a major intercity, regional and commuter rail hub as well as the busiest railway station in Turkey. Haydarpaşa, along with Sirkeci Terminal (on the other side of the Bosphorus), are Istanbul’s two intercity and commuter railway terminals. As of 19 June 2013 all train service to the station has been indefinitely suspended due to the rehabilitation of the existing line for the new Marmaray commuter rail line. On 28 November 2010 a fire caused by carelessness during the building’s restoration destroyed the roof and the 4th floor of the terminal building.

    Haydarpasa train station (2007)
    Haydar Pasha Train Station. Photo from 2007, before the fire in 2010. Source: wikipedia

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