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My review is coming soon. Meanwhile, a translation from the French publication My Head is a Jukebox:
With her two hands on the keyboard of her piano, Danaë dreams. Established long ago in Los Angeles, the musician, born in Bordeaux, keeps the melancholy of her native land throughout compositions all entitled in Molière’s language, as is this record. Thus this album presents four pieces, Fantaisie, Nocturne, Petite Valse, and Prélude (the latter strangely placed at the end), all in three movements.
Alone at the piano, an accomplished instrumentalist, the musician is at one with her instrument that becomes an extension of herself. Beyond the music, leaning towards the classical and neoromantic, the pianist reveals us feelings, emotions through strings of notes, played with mastery where the virtuosity is never vain but, on the contrary, is in service of the purpose.
A long album, over an hour of music, that takes the listener through all the colors, where the music sweeps as a wave rolls on. As the calm follows the tempest, as the rain comes after the sunshine, quiet moments of ethereal beauty, giving way to silence, follow surges of stormy notes, played with urgent swiftness. A magnificent effort, providing much listening pleasure in the evening, to unwind at the end of the day.
Published on April 22, 2018 | translated by Lorenz Rychner