Fatma Said - El Nour

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Fatma Said - El Nour
Fatma Said (soprano), with Rafael Aguirre (guitar) Malcolm Martineau (piano) & others

[ Warner Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 16 October 2020

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The young Egyptian soprano Fatma Said, praised for the luminosity and rich colours of her voice, makes her recording debut for Warner Classics with El Nour. Her enticing and absorbing recital programme crosses cultures, combining art songs by French, Spanish and Egyptian composers with Egyptian folk songs and popular songs from the Middle East. As she explains, "'El Nour' in Arabic means 'the light', and this album sheds light on how music that has been interpreted many times can be perceived in a different light. The idea is to connect three cultures - Arabic, French and Spanish - and to show how much, despite cultural, geographical and historical differences, they have in common when it comes to music."

BBC Music Award WINNER 2021 - Newcomer Award

"Clever arrangements allow us to encounter shared visions across France, Spain and North Africa...There's no tacky Orientalism here...The breathy, soft-voiced ney (a Middle Eastern flute) brings magic to the sound...The Egyptian songs are clustered at the end. AbdelRahim's Ana bent el sultan is huge fun, offering an Arabic soundscape with modernist touches...Recitals which combine innovation and appeal at this standard are a rarity. This is one to give all your friends." BBC Music Award WINNER 2021 - Vocal & Newcomer Award

"Said is an engaging storyteller, though, her French diction sharply animated, with shiny top notes glinting brilliantly...Martineau paints vivid pictures at the piano, too..The popular songs from Egypt and Lebanon that close this imaginative album feature traditional instruments such as the qanun and are a fascinating insight into Said's musical background. I'll be fascinated to see where Said goes next" Gramophone


Ravel: Shéhérazade
Miguel de Falla: Tus ojillos negros
Serrano, J: La canción del olvido: No. 2, Canción de Marinela
Obradors: 2 Cantares populares: No. 2, Del cabello más sutil
Berlioz: Zaïde, H. 107, Op. 19
Gaubert: Le repos en Égypte
Lorca: 13 Canciones españolas antiguas
Abd al-Rahīm: Ana Bent El Sultan
Bizet: Adieux de l'hôtesse arabe, WD 72
Aatini Al Naya Wa Ghanni
El Helwa Di
Sahar El Layali (Kan Enna Tahoun)
Yamama Beida

Fatma Said sings García Lorca's "Sevillanas del siglo XVIII" (from 13 Canciones españolas antiguas)