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Key of Dreams

by GALYA

Wonderful pianist and composer GALYA present her third piano solo album. 12 fantastic songs is the unique marriage of classical and new age music that takes us to the beautiful world of dreams.
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1. Key of Dreams
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2. Sakura
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3. Lightness
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4. Paper Doll
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5. Ocean Song
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6. Pearl Drops
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7. After the Rain
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8. April Snow
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9. One Black Note
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10. Doubt
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11. Fairy Tale
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12. Winter Love (album version)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Wonderful pianist and composer GALYA present her third piano solo album. 12 fantastic songs is the unique marriage of classical and new age music that takes us to the beautiful world of dreams.

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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music & Media Focus
Years of formal training in piano have given Galya a deep appreciation and love for composers such as Bach, Prokofiev, and Debussy, who she cites as her favorites. However, she also finds inspiration in contemporary pianists such as Yanni, David Lanz, Keiko Matsui, and others. On her website, the music is described as having: “finesse, sensibility and a small tinge of nostalgia,” and there definitely is a wistful air that permeates a number of her melodies, adding to the dream-like quality referenced in the album’s title. A feature I noticed in the first song, as well as in others, was how often the music would take unexpected turns, sometimes just for a note, a chord, or a phrase. I liked how it caught my attention and kept me listening closely for what would unfold next, as well as leading me to appreciate her outstanding abilities as a musician and composer. Throughout the course of the album I continually marveled at how she could come up with such intricate and poignant melodies. Galya’s playing is remarkably mature for someone so young.

One of my favorite pieces on the album is “Ocean Song” with its rolling arpeggios that conjure images of waves lapping on the shore and its refrain echoing an emotional depth like the sea itself. Another composition that references nature and the elements is “April Snow,” although displaying a distinctively different ambience. With its’ swirling and dancing melody, it captured, for me at least, a picture of a snowfall, not in the cold gray dead of winter, but at a time when Spring and hope are in the air – an intriguing contrast.

Although the music may be classified as “new age” and exhibits the expansiveness and free flow generally associated with the genre, her years of classical training are particularly evident and her influences are close to the surface – a wonderful combination of styles and inspirations. Key Of Dreams is a blend of exquisite musical technique and evocative composition that eloquently reflects an expression of both head and heart.

For a full length review of this CD, and others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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REVIEWS NEW AGE

Increíble estilo propio!.
Dos años después de su álbum debut, la pianista francesa Galya sigue con sus interesantes incursiones por la música clásica y el New Age. En este nuevo trabajo, Key of Dreams, Galya presenta una música fuertemente minimalista, donde un piano neo-clásico, aparentemente improvisado, nos seduce con una música triste, íntima y en raras ocasiones alegre, algo perfecto para momentos de reflexión o descanso.

La pista que da título al álbum es una pieza gris, de toque apasionado y sentimiento agridulce. Galya interpreta una pieza difícil, donde se hace fácil viajar a través de los sueños gracias al ir y venir de la melodía.

El siguiente track está inspirado en un personaje ficticio creado para las series manga, “Sakura” mantiene una música más amable y con algo más de sentido, aplacada y con algunos fragmentos más decisivos, pero siempre, volviendo a la tranquilidad del comienzo.

“Lightness” es mi preferida. La pieza más alegre de todo el álbum, Galya interpreta una pieza no muy rápida pero llena de una cálida luz. “Lightness” es una de esas composiciones que despiertan lo mejor de cada uno al ser escuchada. Me gusta!.

“Paper Doll” nos regresa a la intimidad de Key of Dreams. Con un misterio sobrecogedor creado por el toque de la mano izquierda, su diestra interpreta melodías fulminantes que se intercalan entre los silencios y los arpegios de la zona baja del piano. Otra fantástica pieza.

Un comienzo muy parecido al primer track presenta “Ocean Song”, una maravilla. Como si el vaivén de las mareas creara la melodía, esta cuida que el oyente quede atento a cualquier toque de nota, debido a las constantes subidas y bajadas en las emociones. Técnicamente perfecta…

El encanto de “Pearl Drops” da sentido al título. Los continuos toques de notas de sonido cristalino y brillante, ya sea en la zona más alta o más baja del teclado, generan una belleza asombrosa. Las notas podrían ser pequeñas gotas.

Otra apacible y encantadora melodía. “After the Rain” es la melodía perfecta para una tarde primaveral, donde han terminado de caer las últimas gotas de lluvia y el cielo sigue presentando un color grisáceo. Al escuchar esta hermosa música, resurgen en el subconsciente el aroma a hierba mojada y la paz que envuelve ese instante. Otra de mis favoritas!.

“April Snow” posee el comienzo más alegre de todo el álbum. Rápido y muy técnico, Galya interpreta una melodía vertiginosa y llena de emoción, con algunos instantes que rompen la música, haciendo de esta una composición bellísima, interesante e impredecible.

“One Black Note” nos vuelve a introducir al estado habitual del álbum; paz o reflexión, son algunos de los estados que podemos encontrar al escuchar esta música. Nuevamente, Galya juega con la melodía, obteniendo de una misma pieza diferentes e interesantes fragmentos que mantienen al oyente expectante por su belleza.

La siguiente pieza, “Doubt”, desborda multitud de emociones, desde nostalgia o tristeza, pasando por arrojo y fuerza. Galya encierra en cinco minutos multitud de sentimientos, lo que hace a esta pieza perfecta para cualquier momento o estado de ánimo. Hará las delicias del oyente siempre!.

Vuelve el júbilo, pero esta vez encerrado entre inocencia y dulzura. “Fary Tale” diferencia dos fragmentos, un primero entrañable y otro más serio y violento, que rodea la mayor parte de la pieza.

Para finalizar, Galya nos presenta “Winter Love”. Es al igual que su título, este tema es frío, íntimo. Una pieza que deja un final abierto, quedando el oyente con ganas de escuchar más.


Key of Dreams es el segundo trabajo de la pianista francesa Galya, y al igual que su álbum debut, la compositora encuentra un paso intermedio entre la elegancia de la música clásica y la versatilidad y belleza del piano New Age, esto da lugar a un estilo muy personal al que Galya le añade su toque, un toque perfecto encerrado en una gran belleza. Key of Dreams es un gran álbum!.

reviewsnewage.com
25/04/12
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Key of Dreams" is the exciting follow-up to Galya’s debut, "If Only," one of my favorite albums of 2010. Ukrainian by birth, conservatory-trained and the winner of international piano competitions, Galya has made her home in France for the past several years. Her stunning mastery of the piano gives her the freedom to express anything she wants with effortless grace and an elegant touch. The twelve piano solos on the album convey a wide range of emotions and experiences that are easy to relate to despite the complexity of the music. This music is definitely not intended for creating an atmospheric background - it needs and deserves to be listened to, savored, and gotten lost in. I have no doubt that this will be one of my favorite albums of 2012.

"Key of Dreams" begins with the title track, a beautifully-flowing piece that feels like a wistful day-dream. Sometimes full of longing, sometimes warm and contented, this piece will draw you in and capture your imagination. “Sakura” is delicate and fragile like the cherry blossom it is named for. The gentle rhythm suggests blossoms swaying and fluttering in a gentle breeze. “Lightness” has a fresh, carefree feeling as Galya’s fingers joyfully dance around the piano keyboard. “Paper Doll” is a bit darker and sadder, as many classical pieces about dolls are. The peaceful flow of the first section of “Ocean Song” contrasts with a stormier and more dramatic middle section. Several themes describe various moods of the ocean as they weave a hypnotic tapestry of sound. Love it! “After the Rain” is almost too beautiful for words. Graceful and very fluid, the mood is leisurely and peaceful. “April Snow” swirls and soars with a quiet, breathless energy. I like all of the pieces on this album, but I think “Doubt” is my favorite. The melody itself is spare and simple, but the underlying agitation really feels like doubt and questioning. It’s a remarkable and very emotional piece that comes from deep within. “Fairy Tale” has a bright, fluttering energy that brings images of tiny beings darting around with wings that sparkle. The middle section becomes much darker, as fairy tales often do, and then returns to the lighter original theme - another favorite. “Winter Love” brings this incredible album to a close with passion and grace.

If you love "If Only..." as much as I do, you will also love "Key of Dreams." If you haven’t yet heard Galya’s music, now it the time! I give it my highest recommendation.
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