Soprano Fatma Said’s debut album ‘El Nour’, is released today on Warner Classics. Taking its title from an Arabic word for ‘light’, the album combines art songs by French, Spanish and Egyptian composers with Egyptian folk songs and popular songs from the Middle East.
“This album sheds light on how music that has been interpreted many times can be perceived in a different light”, explains Fatma, “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.”
The programme includes Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Bizet’s Adieux de l’hôtesse Arabe and songs by Ğamāl Abd al-Rahīm, Najib Hankache, Said Darweesh, Elias Rahbani, and Dawoud Hosni. The Egyptian soprano is joined by Malcolm Martineau, Rafael Aguirre, Burcu Karadağ, Tim Allhoff, Itamar Doari, Henning Sieverts, Tamer Pinarbasi and Vision String Quartet for this spellbinding project.
The release coincides with Fatma’s concerts with the Orchestre National de France under the baton of Cristian Macelaru this week. Recent highlights have included the Concert de Paris (televised live across Europe to celebrate Bastille Day) and her debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo; she will perform at London’s Wigmore Hall recital in December 2020.