Serbian pianist and educator, Kosta Jevtic, delivers ten mellifluous and impressionistic soundscapes on his solo release, the captivating Reflections on a Journey. Classically trained Jevtic penned all of the pieces, drawing his inspiration from southern Mediterranean locations. His performance, particularly his mastery over his instrument, gives the music its vibrancy.
The serene nocturne, "Sappho's Dream" is replete with shimmering notes and Greek motifs. Chiming keys make up the cascading melody which echoes against hypnotic resonant chords. Jevtic tells a lyrical tale of romance, nostalgia and stars reflected in dark waters. Similarly, on "Chiostro Del Paradiso," Jevtic's layered and agile pianism creates a memorable ambience. The tune is a tender tribute to the quiet elation that occurs upon walking on a deserted and pristine beach.
There are also moments of moving melancholy that absorb and mesmerize. "Procida," for instance, is a meandering poem tinged with wistful tones and a reserved passion. Another emotive and haunting piece is "Tseria." The hesitant refrains coalesce into a crystalline tune that has the clarity of a mountain spring. A deep, bittersweet, streak runs through it. The effect is that of quiet sorrow with a hint of hope.
Jevtic's demonstration of virtuosity is heard throughout the recording. His lithe adroitness at contrasting what one hand plays with the other creates a subtly tense atmosphere on such tracks as the brightly hued "Sweet Sun of Southern Lands." On the disc's closer, "The Lighthouse," Jevtic weaves a polished conclusion with overlapping and tranquil phrases
Jevtic is a sophisticated composer, yet he is not an improviser, at least not here. Therefore this album is short on spontaneous expression. It is, nevertheless, a thematically cohesive, delightful and enjoyable work. With Reflections on a Journey Jevtic has recorded a kaleidoscopic travelogue of warmth and beauty.
Chiostro del paradiso; Sweet Sun of southern Lands; Capri; Yr; Sappho's Dream; Tseria; La Sirena; Procida;
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