If I Had a Key to the Dawn
- Artist: Lily Storm
- Format: CD
- Release Date:5/12/2009
This spare and atmospheric album is a journey through the musical landscapes of Eastern Europe. The haunting voice of singer Lily Storm interprets ancient folk songs with fragile honesty and practiced skill. The pieces flow together like a series of dreams, opening with a fragmentary Ukrainian lullaby, continuing with wistful Hungarian melodies, angular Greek dance rhythms, passionate Russian and Bulgarian laments, and a fiery Romanian mountain tune, and closing with a tender Czech ode to the rising sun. The result transcends cultural boundaries and offers fresh awareness of centuries-old musical traditions. Includes 20-page booklet with notes, complete lyrics, and English translations.
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