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by Elina Christova

Pianist Elina Christova can be heard on this exciting new release of melodic, intelligent, and ravishingly played new piano music by Scott Hiltzik.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Denouement: I. Tempestoso
5:04 $0.99
2. Denouement: II. Beautiful Heartache
4:59 $0.99
3. Tributaries: I. Moderato
6:00 $0.99
4. Tributaries: II. Allegretto
4:48 $0.99
5. Tributaries: III. Adagio
4:18 $0.99
6. Tributaries: IV. Allegro
3:32 $0.99
7. Skattaca (Toccata)
4:35 $0.99
8. Painting Away The Darkness
4:10 $0.99
9. At The Recital
8:19 $0.99
10. You Can Clap Now: I. March
2:31 $0.99
11. You Can Clap Now: II. Ballade
4:20 $0.99
12. You Can Clap Now: III. Celebration
3:21 $0.99
13. You Can Clap Now: IV. Dance
2:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
On Tributaries, pianist Elina Christova ravishingly plays the music of Scott Hiltzik. Her musical depth and technical virtuosity shine through this recording of lyrical, intelligent and moving contemporary piano works.

"Scott Hiltzik’s music is gorgeous, unapologetically so", composer Daniel Felsenfeld comments. "The solo piano music on this disc lives in the vivid sonic worlds of Chopin crossed with Ravel, the virtuosity of Liszt by way of Bill Evans, the flexible but fluid unpredictability of Brahms served up with the occasional hint of bite courtesy of Shostakovich or Prokofiev."
" …Here in the post-atonal world composers are often made to question and doubt their right to write moving music. And where contemporary composers can be afraid, the music of Scott Hiltzik plays as unassailably hewn to this awesome tradition. It comes as a nice surprise—little torpor, no madness, just deftly made harmonic gestures supporting lilting, even sing-able, melodies."

Hiltzik's compositions seamlessly integrate the classical tradition of the great composers, jazz, musical theater, rhythm and blues and world genres, mixing them together to create his uniquely beautiful sound. His music has been performed by the Baltimore Symphony and the San Francisco, Atlanta, Detroit and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Boston Pops, and the Bay Brass of San Francisco.

Elina Christova has performed extensively in Bulgaria, Europe and the United States, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has won several national and international competition prizes. Live recordings of hers can be found in the archives of Bulgarian National Television and Bulgarian National Radio. She is strongly committed to performing new works.

A simplicity and honesty connects all this music, whether a lyrical adagio, a virtuosic toccata, or a piece for piano and handclaps. This is music to unapologetically enjoy.



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Eric Howland

Just listened.
Beautiful and Poignant. Thanks Scott.

Mitch Glickman

Outstanding new release
A rich tapestry of piano works filled with warmth, wit and rapture by composer Scott Hiltzik is combined with a brilliant and impeccable performance by pianist Elina Christova.

Canary Burton (composer and DJ)

The 20th century is over
Hiltzik and Christova invite the disaffected back into classical music. This gentle, diverse music has classical (meaning european) roots but has passed through the 20th century, taking a little from here and a little from there and leaving the rest to create something everyone can enjoy.

Ilene Angel

A stellar collection of extraordinary works performed with the utmost artistry!

Russ Allor

Refreshing AND challenging
Never mind Christova (who's playing is, of course, dramatic and inspiring). I really am impressed with Hiltzik's refreshing compositions. I haven't felt this way about a composer since I first heard Lyle Mays. Ya know... most modern composers just want to push the limits of your ears. But, this guy maintains enough familiarity to draw you in and not make you feel like you're sitting in Music Appreciation class.

Scarlett Hu

Beautiful CD!
Beautiful music!! HIghly recommend this CD. "At the Recital" is a masterpiece by the composer and materly played!

Nancy Fierro

Enjoyable, refreshing
A mix of jazz, classical, easy listening combined in an original way....fresh ideas articulated with strength--these are some of the "earmarks" of Scott's piano compositions in "Tributaries." Pianist, Elina Christova gets inside this music with flair and confidence. A fine pianist + an engaging composer= pleasurable listening!

John Biggs

Music from the heart
Mr. Hiltzik has come up with an album that beautifully showcases his personal and unique style of composition. And he's found the perfect performer in Ms. Christova to bring it to life. Challenging keyboard music played with great finesse.

Michael Cormier

Scott Hiltzik's compositions for solo piano run deep. Tributaries is full of thoughtful, reflective passages that wind their way into your consciousness and seem to grow richer with each repeated listening. We trace these tributaries back to their source, a powerfully inventive mind, with a certain sense of awe and wonder. Elina Christova plays the selections with both assurance and a delicate touch.

Jasmine Grace

Gratitude to Tribuatries
Composed with deep passion and sensitivity and expressed with great elegance and finesse, Scott Hiltzik's pieces have given me a delightful, inspiring, and meaningful musical experience!
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