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Yearning

by Lilia Valitova

Piano suites based on Jewish folk and liturgical melodies.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Yearning, Suite No. 1, Op. 11: I. Sleep, My Child
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2. Yearning, Suite No. 1, Op. 11: II. To Life, Rebbe
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3. Yearning, Suite No. 1, Op. 11: III. Hush, the Rebbes Wife is Coming
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4. Yearning, Suite No. 1, Op. 11: IV. Black Clouds Are Rushing by
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5. Yearning, Suite No. 1, Op. 11: V. One Lamb 1
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6. Yearning, Suite No. 2, Op. 12: I. Sleep, My Child, My Joy
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7. Yearning, Suite No. 2, Op. 12: II. A Little Song in Yiddish
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8. Yearning, Suite No. 2, Op. 12: III. Peace be With You
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9. Yearning, Suite No. 2, Op. 12: IV. Zhamele
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10. Yearning, Suite No. 2, Op. 12: V. Three Little Boys
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11. Yearning, Suite No. 3, Op. 13: I. One Lamb 2
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12. Yearning, Suite No. 3, Op. 13: II. Tell Me, Brother
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13. Yearning, Suite No. 3, Op. 13: III. A Glass of Wine
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14. Yearning, Suite No. 3, Op. 13: IV. Sabbath is Here
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15. Yearning, Suite No. 3, Op. 13: V. A Golden Child
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16. Yearning, Suite No. 4, Op. 14: I. Sleep, My Daughter
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17. Yearning, Suite No. 4, Op. 14: II. Under My Child's Cradle
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18. Yearning, Suite No. 4, Op. 14: III. A Little Tree Stands in the Field
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19. Yearning, Suite No. 4, Op. 14: IV. Under the Little Tree
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20. Yearning, Suite No. 4, Op. 14: V. Over the Attic
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21. Yearning, Suite No. 4, Op. 14: VI. Sleep, My Little Bird
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22. Yearning, Suite No. 4, Op. 14: VII. Two Hares Were Running
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23. Two Klezmer Melodies, Op. 17: I. Be Joyful
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24. Two Klezmer Melodies, Op. 17: II. Sitting Next to the Rebbe
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25. Two Nigunim, Op. 18: I. Rav's Nigun, Four Gates
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26. Two Nigunim, Op. 18: II. Nigun of the Baal Shem-Tov
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27. Yearning, Suite No. 5, Op. 19: I. Only Mama
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28. Yearning, Suite No. 5, Op. 19: II. Compassion
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29. Yearning, Suite No. 5, Op. 19: III. From His Rock We Were Sustained
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30. Yearning, Suite No. 5, Op. 19: IV. Purim Day
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
As a musician, I am inspired by the depth and originality of Jewish folk and liturgical music. It is nurturing and healing. Many of these melodies originated in Europe, and many others came from the Middle East. These melodies were played and sung by the wandering People of the Book and perhaps were carried by those ancient exiles who were forced to leave the land of Israel. The creators of a rich mystical, philosophical, legal, literary, and musical civilization were treated cruelly. It is beyond my comprehension how it was possible to create this vast sea of knowledge and wisdom while enduring severe oppression and persecution. My piano compositions draw upon Jewish folk and liturgical music. The resulting suites are part of my attempt to understand the Shoah.
The photograph on the front cover of this release was taken by Alter Kacyzne in 1929 in Warsaw, Poland. The photograph was entitled “Little boys with big ideas. Yeshiva boys studying Talmud on their own.” It was published in the West Coast Yiddish Daily Forverts in a photo essay named “The Eternal Students.” Alter Kacyzne was a well-known editor, publisher, writer, poet, playwright, and photographer in pre-World War II Warsaw. After the start of the war, Nazi barbarism did not skip Alter Kacyzne. He was murdered in Tarnopol, Galicia, by Nazi collaborators during his attempt to escape from the invading German army. All his manuscripts, photo negatives, and prints in Warsaw were destroyed. The photograph in the front cover survived only because it was sent, along with other photographs of his, to the Forverts before World War II. The three boys in this photograph were thirteen years old and would have been young adults at the start of World War II. Their fate is unknown.
I dedicate the music in this release to all people who are persecuted because of who they are.

Lilia Valitova, USA, 2009


AUDIENCE REVIEWS

"The concert was a lovely gift that at times transported me to another world, peaceful and vibrant. Thank you, Lilia."
Kori Kody, Berkeley, CA.

“A hidden treasure of our community was revealed to us in all her glory. Her musical gifts, technical skill, and mastery of complex and rich material were glorious. Her personal story sounded like a fairy tale! Bravo Lilia.”
Dr. Orna Ariel Lenchner (PhD), Oakland, CA

“I was so happy to be at this concert. I was amazed to learn that Lilia is a composer and that all of the music is her own compositions. I was impressed that she had the entire performance in her head and hands and did not refer to any sheet music. The music itself was beautiful, taking me to another dimension while listening. I have a copy of her CD and when I got home I read her statement about the origin of the photograph on the cover, her philosophy, and her dedication, "to all people who are persecuted because of who they are." Everything about the performance, the CD, the ideas expressed on the inside of the cover, was so special and thoughtfully done. I think Lilia herself is a treasure. I hope in the future more people will come to hear her play the piano and experience her magic quality.”
Gayle Jacobson, Registered Nurse, El Cerrito, CA

“During Lilia's concert at her CD release party, I was transported by her rendition of her remarkable piano compositions. The first half of the program, soulful pieces based on Jewish folk melodies, took me deep into the Jewish villages of earlier times. In the second half, listening to her most recent compositions, I felt as though I were transported to a lovely sunny flower-filled garden, or floating on a skiff in one of Monet's water lily paintings. I often enjoy listening to the Yearning CD, and am eagerly awaiting the release of her next album.”
Shoshana Dembitz, Berkeley, CA

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Yearning" is an extraordinary collection of thirty original piano solos based on or inspired by Jewish folk and liturgical melodies. The pieces were composed and performed by Lilia Valitova and are grouped into five suites. Each piece has a descriptive title, most of which deal with everyday events. These suites are part of Valitova’s attempt to understand the Shoah (Holocaust). Some of the melodies originated in Europe while others came from the Middle East. Most of the music is dark and melancholy, but several pieces are more lighthearted. 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. Ms. Valitova has dedicated the album to all people who are persecuted because of who they are.

Ms. Valitova earned her PhD at the Piotr Tchaikovski Conservatory in Moscow, where she also earned her graduate and undergraduate degrees. Her music has been performed in Russia, The United States, The Netherlands, Hungary, and Estonia, and she currently lives in Northern California where she continues to compose and perform. Not surprisingly, Valitova’s music is very classical in structure and style, and she imbues each note with deep expression and grace.

The cover artwork for this album has a sobering story. It was taken by Alter Kacyzne in 1919 in Poland and titled “Little boys with big ideas. Yeshiva boys studying Talmud on their own.” Kacyzne was murdered by Nazi collaborators during his attempt to escape from the invading German army. All of his manuscripts, photo negatives, and prints in Warsaw were destroyed. The cover photo and a few other photos survived because they had been sent to a Yiddish newspaper before the start of WWII. The three boys were thirteen when the photo was taken and would have been young adults at the beginning of the war. Their fates are unknown. Looking into the expressive eyes of these boys while listening to the music is haunting and poignantly explains the deep emotions of the music.

Lilia Valitova is a consummate artist, and her composing and playing are stunning. "Yearning" is very highly recommended!
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