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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, November 2004

Vali has been the foster-father to a beautiful hybrid, a rara avis

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T.J. Medrek
Boston Herald, May 2004

"Contrary to popular belief, classical music CDs continue to be released at a rate that makes it impossible to listen to them all. Here, then, is a quick guide to some new releases that you should know about by Boston-based musicians and's not likely that your CD collection is exactly overflowing with titles by Reza Vali. But if the Iranian-born composer, based for years now at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, isn't exactly a household name, he should be. A listen to this new release from Naxos, featuring Gil Rose conducting the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, will make that clear. Vali's trademark mix of Persian and Western music makes for an unusual and evocative texture that is enormously appealing. Although the orchestral Flute Concerto and ``Deylaman'' are enormously entertaining, what sticks in the mind is Vali's writing for voice in ``Folk Songs (Set No. 10).'' The opulent sound and spirit of soprano Janna Baty, a Boston favorite who just finished a run in Boston Lyric Opera's ``Cosi Fan Tutte,'' is ideally captured here in a memorably thrilling performance."

Raymond Tuttle
Classical Net

"I am very impressed by this CD. By mating Western classical music with the musical traditions of his homeland - both popular and classical - Vali has been the foster-father to a beautiful hybrid, a rara avis. The exotic atmospheres of Persia suffuse this music, which nonetheless retains its classical form and control. The one composer who kept coming to mind as I heard this CD was Khachaturian, but without the agitprop. ... Sumptuously played and recorded, Reza Vali's music is a tremendous treat. This CD will continue to find a place in my changer for months to come, and it probably will be counted among 2004's best new releases."

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