Mozart Marathon with Fazıl Say
ISTANBULAs part of the 43rd Istanbul International Music Festival, music lovers will have an opportunity to look into Mozart’s soul through the piano sonatas of internationally acclaimed Turkish pianist Fazıl Say during four concerts.
“Mozart’s music is like a parallel universe. In these moments of sheer bliss, we laugh and dance and forget that we are actually playing. Mozart’s music has evoked people’s genuine and positive sides for centuries,” said Say, whose Mozart concerto album was met with great critical acclaim and who is in the process of recording the composer’s piano sonatas.
“Where does all this bliss spring from? His works are actually stories of victory; they are vivid depictions of the victory of humanism, equality and freedom,” he added.
Say believes Mozart is a “storyteller” and performing Mozart is to “explore a story and recreate a fantasy.”
Touching audiences and critics alike for more than 25 years now, Say, who does not fit any given stereotype in classical music and who brings his genuine approach to any warhorse of the repertoire, will again make headlines with the Mozart Marathon at the festival.
The concert marathon will start tonight at the Kadıköy Süreyya Opera and will continue on June 11 at the Bosphorus University Albert Long Hall, on June 12 at the Heybeliada Triada Monastery and on June 13 at the Lütfi Kırdar Congress and Exhibition Hall.