Troy Sonata - Fazil Say Plays Say
Homer’s masterpiece The Iliad inspires Turkish pianist/composer Fazil Say’s dazzling musical homage to Troy. Each of its bold movements depicts an aspect of Homer’s ancient world: “Aegean Winds,” “Heroes of Troy,” “Sparta,” “Helen, Love”... Say’s love of jazz, Eastern music, and Rachmaninoff, plus his nods to Hollywood, make for a sonata packed with twists and turns. His equally eclectic The Moving Mansion piano suite, played with a gorgeous fluidity, fondly remembers Turkish leader Kemal Atatürk’s decision in 1930 to shift his house four meters rather than cut the branches of a neighboring tree that were damaging the property. The evocative “Winter Morning in Istanbul” serves as an entrancing coda.