"I was really amazed by the beauty and tranquility in each of these original piano pieces. The style can be described as Debussy-influenced with a strong Eastern twist. I was surprised initially that a non-Jewish composer would be inspired by Jewish folk melodies, but perhaps this album is another example of how barriers between peoples are being broken down. Peace is the soul of this music and this philosophy shows through even in the album dedication, "to all people who are persecuted because of who they are".
Great music for a rainy day and a cup of tea. Highly recommended."
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Review from MainlyPiano.com:
"Yearning is an extraordinary collection of thirty original piano solos based on or inspired by Jewish folk and liturgical melodies. Each piece has a descriptive title, most of which deal with everyday events. All of the music is performed with an elegant touch and provides more than an hour of evocative music that can be savored on many levels...
Valitova’s music is very classical in structure and style, and she imbues each note with deep expression and grace...
Lilia Valitova is a consummate artist, and her composing and playing are stunning..."
Piano solo concert performed by contemporary composer Lilia Valitova. The performance included classical music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Debussy; piano compositions based on Jewish folk and liturgical melodies; and newly composed original Baha’i-inspired piano songs, Unitarian Universal Church of Berkeley, Kensington CA, November 21, 2009.Testimonials Concert Program (PDF)