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Woman At The New Piano - American Music Of 2013 / Nadia Shpachenko

Shpachenko,Nadia
Release Date: 11/11/2014 
Label:  Reference Recordings   Catalog #: 711   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Tom FlahertyPeter YatesAdam SchoenbergJames Matheson
Performer:  Nadia ShpachenkoGenevieve Lee
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This innovative project of 2013 compositions, all world premieres, brings together piano repertoire representing the diversity of today’s American classical music. The new works were composed as a celebration of a newly transformed world, for the new 5,125 year cycle of the Mayan Calendar, inspired by the happy fact that the world did NOT end on December 21, 2012 at the end of the previous Mayan Calendar cycle! This innovative project of 2013 compositions, all world premieres, brings together piano repertoire representing the diversity of today’s American classical music. The new works were composed as a celebration of a newly transformed world, for the new 5,125 year cycle of the Mayan Calendar, inspired by the happy fact that the world did NOT end on December 21, 2012 at the end of the previous Mayan Calendar cycle! Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Airdancing for Toy Piano, Piano and Electronics by Tom Flaherty
Performer:  Nadia Shpachenko (Piano), Genevieve Lee (Toy Piano)
Written: 2013 
2.
Finger Songs (5) for Piano by Peter Yates
Performer:  Nadia Shpachenko (Piano)
Written: 2013 
3.
Picture Etudes (4) for Piano by Adam Schoenberg
Performer:  Nadia Shpachenko (Piano)
Written: 2013 
4.
Part Suite-a by Tom Flaherty
Performer:  Nadia Shpachenko (Piano)
Written: 2013 
5.
Cretic Variations for Piano by James Matheson
Performer:  Nadia Shpachenko (Piano)
Written: 2013 
6.
Bounce by Adam Schoenberg
Performer:  Nadia Shpachenko (Piano), Genevieve Lee (Piano)
Written: 2013 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Evolutionary rather than revolutionary February 12, 2015 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "In a way, these works bridge the gap between the extreme avant-garde and the post-modern traditional. Although stylistically different, they all were written for a friend -- Shpachenko -- and because they share the same inspiration, collectively present a cohesive program. Tom Flaherty's Airdancing for toy piano, piano, and electronics, uses the toy piano both as a tinny melodic instrument and as a metallic non-tonal percussion instrument. The exotic timbres reminded me strongly of Harry Partch's music. Flaherty's second work, Part Suite-a, uses thick tone clusters throughout, but with more major seconds than minor second groupings, softening the dissonance in an appealing way. The Picture Etudes of Adam Schoenberg is a suite of four short vignettes that seemed to have echoes of Martinu in some sections. And the addition of the bass drum and gong work (played by the pianist) are both understated and quite effective in their use. His work Bounce concludes the recital, a work for two pianos that sounds like it was a lot of fun to play (it certainly was to listen to). Cretic Variations by James Matheson is the longest work on the disc (14 minutes), and is a jazzy, percussive and thoroughly modern delight. Nadia Shpachenko collaborated in the creation of these works, giving her an emotional investment and empathy with them. She conveys that empathy with sure, insightful delivery." Report Abuse
 Amazing album! November 27, 2014 By Sima S. See All My Reviews "This album is a masterpiece! This is a gem that I hope gets discovered by many music aficionados. It offers repertoire for many musical tastes, a unique compilation of exciting and engaging new works by outstanding composers Tom Flaherty, Peter Yates, Adam Schoenberg and James Matheson, performed brilliantly and poignantly by Nadia Shpachenko and Genevieve Feiwen Lee. Gorgeous sound quality and very interesting program notes make this CD an instant favorite in my collection! Highly recommended!" Report Abuse
 This is a beautiful and exciting album, with piec November 11, 2014 By Barry W. (Claremont, CA) See All My Reviews "This is a beautiful and exciting album, with pieces that represent the wide range of contemporary classical piano repertoire. The pieces range from thoughtful to silly-grin-inducing to chaotic, thunderous, and dramatic. I can picture a number of these pieces becoming part of the standard repertoire. The performance is beautiful, and at times seemingly impossible - especially the Kandinsky movement of Picture Etudes, with not only a truly fiendish piano part, but with the pianist playing a drum and gong at the same time. The disc sounds great, and really captures the wide range of piano sound well, from the quiet resonances and overtones of some pieces, to the thunderous chaos of others, and the drums and gongs, and the electronic sounds of Airdancing. Highly recommended!" Report Abuse
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