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Colin Clarke
Fanfare, March 2018

Pianist Inna Faliks has released a few discs that reveal her natural sense of curiosity, so it is no surprise that what we have here is something very much away from the norm. The Story of a Pianist is Faliks’s story, originally intended as the subject of a book and now the material for a recital-monologue. The music is impeccably chosen and performed.

…Faliks’s performance has a fiery confidence all of its own. The melancholy of Tchaikovsky’s op. 19/4 Nocturne is perfectly placed, both in terms of the story and in terms of Faliks’s performance; and the story ends happily. Harrison Birtwistle’s gentle Oockooing Bird is heard against the voice of Rebecca Mozo, not an accompaniment, not even a counterpoint, but an equal partner, poignantly and tellingly. Fittingly, though, it is music that has the last word. As narrator, Rebecca Mozo is appealing and compelling; we believe the emotions, we are gripped. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review

James Harrington
American Record Guide, March 2018

Faliks wrote the texts, which are convincingly delivered by Rebecca Mozo. Not once did I feel that she was telling Faliks’s story; it was Faliks telling her own story. Poignant, humorous, and perceptive to anyone who has ever pursued music, the spoken words allow you to get to know Faliks far beyond other pianists you may listen to. That is both the strength and a long-term weakness in this release. After hearing the entire recording three times, I pretty much knew the story of her life, from her earliest musical and family memories in Odessa, through immigration to the US, her training with memorable teachers and mentors, her early successes and the beginning of her international career. Her story here ends with a reunion and eventual marriage to a childhood sweetheart and some thoughts on the value of music.

The piano pieces are very well performed and extremely well selected and ordered to fit into the auto-biography. At this point though, I am ready to return to the music alone, many times. Undoubtedly I will regularly be reminded of events and characters in her compelling story as I listen, especially to the title work. It was Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantasy that her dying piano teacher asked her to play, but she had never learned it. After he died she did, and the performance here is as good as any I have heard. Her Gershwin is also memorable and has as natural a feel as any pianist raised and trained in the US would have. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), July 2017

Inna Faliks is a Ukrainian-born pianist known for alternating musical interludes with spoken word, taking the form here of narrative storytelling. Faliks’ new album chronicles her life’s path: her family’s emigration to America, her seminal early influences and her evolution as an artist. And it’s also a love story, as she is reunited as an adult with the childhood friend who is now her husband. Each episode is narrated by actress Rebecca Mozo. © 2017 WFMT (Chicago)

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