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Ahmed Adnan Saygun: Piano Music

Album Summary

>Saygun, Ahmet Adnan : Theme and Variations, for piano
>Saygun, Ahmet Adnan : Sketches (10) on Aksak Rhythm, Op. 58
>Saygun, Ahmet Adnan : Anadolu'dan (From Anatolia), Op. 25
>Saygun, Ahmet Adnan : Inci'nin Kitabi (Inci's Book), for piano, Op. 10
>Saygun, Ahmet Adnan : Etudes on Aksak Rhythms, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

The music of Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun (1907-1991) is often framed as a bridge between East and West. Upheld as a central figure in the musical life of the Turkish Republic, Saygun represents a nationalistic stance based on an embrace of European compositional models combined with an appreciation for Turkish traditional music, particularly folk sources from Anatolia. The distinguished pianist Kathryn Woodard offers a fascinating and sympathetically performed program of his music for that instrument.

"This is a remarkable disc. Above and beyond Kathryn Woodard's magnetic musicality lies her staunch and unwavering advocacy of Saygun's music, music that is at once appealing and approachable yet at the same time mysterious and complex...The Naxos competition comes in the form of Zeynep Ucba¸saran (reviewed by myself in Fanfare 32:2). The two discs offer complementary programs (although there is some overlap). While I admire Ucba¸saran's sense of rhythm and her enthusiasm, it is Woodard that captures the laurels as she seems most attuned to Saygun's modes of expression. Albany's recording, also, offers a truer piano sound than that accorded by Naxos." - Colin Clarke, Fanfare



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>Saygun, Ahmet Adnan : Theme and Variations, for piano
  • Performer: Kathryn Woodard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Saygun, Ahmet Adnan : Sketches (10) on Aksak Rhythm, Op. 58
  • Performer: Kathryn Woodard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Saygun, Ahmet Adnan : Anadolu'dan (From Anatolia), Op. 25
  • Performer: Kathryn Woodard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Saygun, Ahmet Adnan : Inci'nin Kitabi (Inci's Book), for piano, Op. 10
  • Performer: Kathryn Woodard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Saygun, Ahmet Adnan : Etudes on Aksak Rhythms, for piano
  • Performer: Kathryn Woodard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964