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Never give up

Never give up

Concerto for violoncello and orchestra


  • Instrumentation: cello and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
As he did in his Gezi Park series, Fazıl Say makes reference to current political events in his new cello concerto. According to the composer, Never give up is an ‘outcry for freedom and peace’, focusing on the ‘harrowing terror attacks in Europe and Turkey’. (Say)

This is most evident in the central movement: harsh note repetitions on the percussion alternate with screaming glissandos in the woodwind – passages marked with the performance instructions ‘Kalaschnikov’ and ‘like a scream’ in the score. Nevertheless, the work concludes on a hopeful note with traditional Turkish rhythms accompanied by peaceful birdsong and the sound of waves in the strings.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Bernard Magrez Institut Culturel
Opus: op. 73
Performance duration: 25'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Year of composition: 2017
instrumentation: 2 · 2 · 2 · 2 - 2 · 2 · 0 · 0 - S. (Tamb. · 2 Bong. [h./t.] · 3 Tomt. [h./m./t.] · Rührtr. · 2 Cong. [h./t.] · 4 Woodbl. [sehr h./h./m./t.] · Ocean wave) (2 Spieler) - Str.
Performances
Conductor: Julien Leroy
Orchestra: Orchestre Régional Avignon-Provence
2020-04-03 | Avignon (France), Opéra Confluence — 20:30
Conductor: Marcus Bosch
2020-01-11 | Heidenheim (Germany), Congress Zentrum — 20:00
Conductor: Marcus Bosch
2020-01-10 | Heidenheim (Germany), Congress Zentrum — 20:00
Conductor: Giuseppe Cataldo
Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana
2019-12-07 | Palermo (Italy), Teatro Politeama — 17:30
Conductor: Giuseppe Cataldo
Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana
2019-12-06 | Palermo (Italy), Teatro Politeama — 21:00
Conductor: Elisabeth Fuchs
Orchestra: Philharmonie Salzburg
2019-12-04 | Salzburg (Austria)
Conductor: Nil Venditti
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2019-11-30 | Salzburg (Austria), Stiftung Mozarteum, Großer Saal — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège
2019-05-06 | Eupen (Belgium), Kulturzentrum Jünglingshaus — 20:00 - Ostbelgienfestival
Conductor: Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège
2019-05-05 | Charleroi (Belgium), Palais des Beaux-Arts — 20:00
Conductor: Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège
2019-04-04 | Liège (Belgium), Salle philharmonique — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Darrell Ang
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne
2018-10-14 | Lorient (France), Théâtre — 17:00
Conductor: Darrell Ang
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne
2018-10-13 | Saint-Brieuc (France), La Passerelle — 20:30
Conductor: Darrell Ang
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne
2018-10-12 | Rennes (France), Couvent des Jacobins — 20:00
Conductor: Darrell Ang
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne
2018-10-11 | Dinan (France), Théâtre Des Jacobins — 08:30
Conductor: Douglas Boyd
Orchestra: Orchestre de Chambre de Paris
2018-04-03 | Paris (France), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées — 20:00 | World Premiere
Audio Stream
As he did in his Gezi Park series, Fazıl Say makes reference to current political events in his new cello concerto. According to the composer, Never give up is an ‘outcry for freedom and peace’, focusing on the ‘harrowing terror attacks in Europe and Turkey’. (Say)

This is most evident in the central movement: harsh note repetitions on the percussion alternate with screaming glissandos in the woodwind – passages marked with the performance instructions ‘Kalaschnikov’ and ‘like a scream’ in the score. Nevertheless, the work concludes on a hopeful note with traditional Turkish rhythms accompanied by peaceful birdsong and the sound of waves in the strings.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Bernard Magrez Institut Culturel
Opus: op. 73
Performance duration: 25'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Year of composition: 2017
instrumentation: 2 · 2 · 2 · 2 - 2 · 2 · 0 · 0 - S. (Tamb. · 2 Bong. [h./t.] · 3 Tomt. [h./m./t.] · Rührtr. · 2 Cong. [h./t.] · 4 Woodbl. [sehr h./h./m./t.] · Ocean wave) (2 Spieler) - Str.
Conductor: Julien Leroy
Orchestra: Orchestre Régional Avignon-Provence
2020-04-03 | Avignon (France), Opéra Confluence — 20:30
Conductor: Marcus Bosch
2020-01-11 | Heidenheim (Germany), Congress Zentrum — 20:00
Conductor: Marcus Bosch
2020-01-10 | Heidenheim (Germany), Congress Zentrum — 20:00
Conductor: Giuseppe Cataldo
Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana
2019-12-07 | Palermo (Italy), Teatro Politeama — 17:30
Conductor: Giuseppe Cataldo
Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana
2019-12-06 | Palermo (Italy), Teatro Politeama — 21:00
Conductor: Elisabeth Fuchs
Orchestra: Philharmonie Salzburg
2019-12-04 | Salzburg (Austria)
Conductor: Nil Venditti
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2019-11-30 | Salzburg (Austria), Stiftung Mozarteum, Großer Saal — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège
2019-05-06 | Eupen (Belgium), Kulturzentrum Jünglingshaus — 20:00 - Ostbelgienfestival
Conductor: Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège
2019-05-05 | Charleroi (Belgium), Palais des Beaux-Arts — 20:00
Conductor: Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège
2019-04-04 | Liège (Belgium), Salle philharmonique — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Darrell Ang
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne
2018-10-14 | Lorient (France), Théâtre — 17:00
Conductor: Darrell Ang
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne
2018-10-13 | Saint-Brieuc (France), La Passerelle — 20:30
Conductor: Darrell Ang
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne
2018-10-12 | Rennes (France), Couvent des Jacobins — 20:00
Conductor: Darrell Ang
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne
2018-10-11 | Dinan (France), Théâtre Des Jacobins — 08:30
Conductor: Douglas Boyd
Orchestra: Orchestre de Chambre de Paris
2018-04-03 | Paris (France), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées — 20:00 | World Premiere