Irina Muresanu writes of this release: It all started when I tackled Mark OConnors Cricket Dance. It is a short, straightforward tune that requires the skills of an intermediate player, and yet it took me an absurdly long time to learn. To put things in context: I was capable of learning whole violin concertos in a matter of weeks, so why was the OConnor piece so hard to get under my fingers? Could it have been because it was written in a musical style completely different than my classical training? And if so, how many more different languages were there outside of the traditional/standard repertoire? With this idea, I started my exploration of works reflecting the ways the violin (including its ancestors and relatives) is employed in musical settings worldwide. What resulted is Four Strings Around the World, a celebration of diverse cultures refracted through the unifying voice of solo violin, a project which immersed me in sounds and colors I didnt even realize could be produced by my own instrument irresistiblenot just a virtuoso but an artist (The Boston Globe) Musical luster, melting lyricism and colorful conception made Irina Muresanus performance especially admirable (LA Times)
Irina Muresanu: Four Strings Around the World
Western criticism considers Reza Vali as the “Persian Bartók”, given that he combines traditional work with modern compositional techniques, follows formal procedures and uses effective and enchanting rhythms.
Antonio Baldassarre and Tatjana Markovic, Music Cultures in Sounds, Word and Images