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07 February 2020
"Whether or not Deliyska succeeds in her attempt to build a convincing program, she and her Bösendorfer have given us a lovely hour."Fanfare, 24-7-2020
Dora Delyska: A waltz is a simple dance, a gentle movement. It has a clear structure and distinct rhythm.
In my project “Alles Walzer, einmal anders! “, I have tried to build up a complex program around the simplicity of the dance. All the pieces are connected to the waltz, by name, rhythm or a sound image. But each one has an individual structure and creates its own universe of emotions. The significant waltzing rhythm (¾ time) is the core, that unites all the compositions from beginning till the very last piece, which creates a clear musical line and a feeling of completeness.
The first association one has with a waltz and maybe the most famous one, is the Viennese one - moving gently, in elegant clothing, the dancing couple is driven by the inner pulsation of the waltz. The phrase “Alles Walzer” is being said just before the couple enters the dance floor and marks the beginning of the waltz (in Austria). It is the brief moment when expectation turns into action, when silence melts into the music.
The second part of the title “einmal anders” (once on a different way) refers to the different side of the waltz, that is represented on this CD by less known compositions, such as waltzes by Ligeti, Bartok and Debussy.
My CD has the goal to show a different perspective of the waltz and bring the audience to an unexpected musical journey, full of strong emotions and distinct rhythm.
Dora Deliyska has established herself not only as one of the leading pianists of the present time, but also as one of the most versatile and intriguing. Her artistic projects have their own dramaturgy, imbuing piano literature and the art of interpretation with a new and unique sense of perspective.
Years of concert appearances and audio and video recordings have earned Dora Deliyska international acclaim from both critics and audiences. Her extensive repertoire ranges from Bach to Ligeti. She creates a connection between sensitive piano interpretation, precise virtuosity and a sound musicological argument.
Deliyska performs regularly at renowned concert halls such as the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Oosterpoort Music Center (Netherlands), the Bulgaria Concert Hall and many other venues in Europe. She frequently appears in Asian countries including China, Thailand, Vietnam and Qatar, as well as in South America, where she also gives master classes at prestigious musical institutions.
Her career as a soloist was launched with a debut CD of works by Franz Liszt; this was followed by further recordings of Liszt and Chopin. Her 2013 Schubert disc won the “Supersonic Award” of the classical music magazine Pizzicato.
Her 2011 CD, Doppelgänger, featuring Liszt transcriptions of Schubert songs, was also met with enthusiasm. A review described this disc as “simply sensational”, stating that Deliyska “ranks amongst the best, and not merely on a technical level”.
With her Danzas album, the artist brings together musician friends. Intense rhythms, dance motifs and jazzy sounds make the disc one of “the most spectacular piano discs that have been produced of late”.
Her album The B-A-C-H Project, released in March 2018, documents for the first time the success of her intensive musicological and dramaturgical reflections. The B-A-C-H Project very quickly garnered international acclaim from critics and music journalists:
“Dora Deliyska has long established herself on the international piano scene. Her sensitive touch and her lyrical art of interpretation are treasured worldwide – this, alongside complete technical perfection, brings back a virtue which seems to have been underestimated for a long time: emotional competence. A fascinating experience, an outstanding album!”; “a wonderful trans-epochal listening experience”.
Dora Deliyska has been awarded numerous scholarships and prizes, including by the Dr. Wolfgang Boesch Foundation in Vienna, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Arts and Culture and the Dutch Labberte Foundation. She has also received the Josef Windisch Scholarship and a scholarship from the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture. Her artistic activities are supported in Vienna by Kuhn Rechtsanwälte GmbH.
Whether or not Deliyska succeeds in her attempt to build a convincing program, she and her Bösendorfer have given us a lovely hour.
Deliyska's programme is extremely well balanced and remarkably varied... The sound is excellent.
Music web International, 20-4-2020
In all pieces Deliyska convinces with a good feeling for rhythm and an excellent sound. An entertaining and technically excellent surround recording!
Dora Deliyska has long established itself in the international piano scene. Her sensitive touch and lyrical interpretation art are cherished worldwide. Together with its technical perfection, this brings back a virtue that has long been underestimated, namely emotional competence. The result is a fascinating listening experience on a magnificent CD.