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Marianne Crebassa  mezzo-soprano
Fazil Say  piano

This promises to be a thrilling encounter between fiery Marianne Crebassa and category-defying Fazıl Say.

Marianne Crebassa - Fazil Say © Marco Borggreve
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Programme

Ravel Vocalise-étude en forme de Habanera
Shéhérazade
, 3 poems for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (version for voice and piano)
Debussy La Cathédrale engloutie et Minstrels, excerpts from Préludes, livre I
Fauré Cygne sur l’eau et Danseuse, excerpts from Mirages op. 113
Satie 3 Gnossiennes
Debussy 3 mélodies de Verlaine
Duparc Chanson triste, Au pays où se fait la guerre
Say Gezi Park 2, Sonata for piano op. 52
Gezi Park 3, ballade for mezzo-soprano, piano and string orchestra, 2014 
(arrangement for mezzo-soprano and piano by Fazil Say)

Approximate running time
1st part: 40mn - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 45mn

The first impression left by Marianne Crebassa’s voice is of a unique colour of timbre which is deep, imperious yet soothing. When Fazıl Say heard her voice he instantly fell in love with it. The indomitable musician took to the keyboard just for her and made a recording. They have taken an impressionist anthology and transformed it into ice sculpture of the most unusual and dazzling design! Beneath the fingers of Fazıl Say, Ravel, Debussy, Fauré, and Duparc reveal all of the tangible, feather-light and ethereal qualities behind their notes. This level of personal commitment to filling the gaps in the sound creates music which is almost more tactile than acoustic, hence the instant shiver down the back of the neck which it produces. These subtly interwoven lines will linger for a long time on the stage at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, as well as in the memory of audience members fortunate enough to have heard them.

Coproduction Les Grandes Voix / Jeanine Roze Production

Video

Marianne Crebassa, Fazil Say Ravel, Debussy, Fauré

Blog

Crebassa - Say A musical love at first sight

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