Sample Recital Program #4: 100 Years and 6000 Miles (80 minutes)

New and older works written 100 years and 6000 miles apart

  • Woman at the New Piano is an album with a surely cosmic purpose… Another work that can, and should, become a staple of recitals and programs… Stellar performances, usual fine Reference Recordings sound throughout, informative liner notes and a most varied and energetic program make “Woman at the New Piano” a clear winner and a new favorite here.

    Don Clark, Pictures on Silence
  • An exceptional recording of newly composed piano works… Shpachenko’s passionate rendering of the material unifies it on this special recording. Clearly a labour of love.

    Ron Schepper, Textura Magazine
  • Nadia Shpachenko plays excellently through the whole album… If there’s a downside to this release, it’s that we might start expecting a new one every year. Nadia Shpachenko has done heroic work here, and the composers provide stimulating listening.

    Brian Reinhart, MusicWeb International
  • Woman at the New Piano is a generous helping of new piano music by four contemporary composers covering a wide range of feelings, moods and techniques. Ms. Shpachenko and Genevieve Feiwen Lee have skillfully combined to produce a memorable recording.

    Paul Muller, New Classic LA
  • [Nadia Shpachenko] impresses very much as a pianist with a light, crisp touch and a way of keeping the music flowing very cleanly… the execution sounds flawless… the music is so infectious… A very engaging set.

    Brian Olewnick, Just Outside
  • 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.

    Ralph Graves, Off Topic'd and WTJU

Program

Sergei Prokofiev Selections from 10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12 (1913) …7 minutes

Tom Flaherty Part Suite-a for Solo Piano (2013) …18 minutes

Adam Schoenberg Picture Etudes for Solo Piano (2013) …13 minutes

Intermission

Alexander Scriabin Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 “Black Mass” (1913) …9 minutes

Peter Yates Finger Songs for Solo Piano (2013) …10 minutes

James Matheson Cretic Variations for Solo Piano (2013) …14 minutes

Tom Flaherty Airdancing for Toy Piano, Piano, and Electronics (2013) …9 minutes
(with Genevieve Feiwen Lee, pre-recorded toy piano)

Photo by Martin Chalifour and Barry Werger-Gottesman