“There is no feeling that does not find relief in music.” — George Eliot
As a highly sensitive person, for my entire life, I have been fascinated with human emotions, their triggers and consecutive responses. During my musical journey of the FOUR RHAPSODIES, I discovered an odyssey of sounds—joy, fear, surprise, sadness, anticipation, anger, disgust, birth, love, life, compassion, madness, dance, devotion, spirituality, and death. The rhapsodies became a catalyst for me to express my creative moods, feelings, and musical ideas. Highly emotional, unanticipated in their development and direction, ecstatic, extravagant, full of amplitudes of feelings, the rhapsodies are free, episodic, single movement works where the emphasis is not on structure but expression, color, and improvisation. Opposites and dynamics abound—sentiment and drama, death and rebirth, grief and joy, love and hate, happiness and sadness, compulsion and tranquility, the beautiful and the grotesque. This collection of fine works presents the highest range of technical demands, as well as contrasting moods, colours, and tonal progressions. Inclined by extroverted romantic notions, these compositions express spontaneous inspiration with bursts of improvisation. Performing the rhapsodies requires pianistic stamina and power.
— Kristina Marinova