The Poetry of Places (mixed periods version, 80 minutes)

A recital featuring 19th, 20th, and 21st century compositions inspired by architecture.

  • With the setting sun backlighting the backdrop of the skyline of lower Manhattan, Shpachenko delivered a pleasing concert of music written about architecture… Shpachenko’s playing matched the verve of the writing, and she was in tune with the subtle but substantial sensitivity in the music… The music was full of unexpected passion and turmoil… There was terrific, thrusting energy… Through Shpachenko’s fluid performance the piece was easily heard as absolute music, an exploration of how rhythms, phrases, dynamics, and excellent counterpoint all work together to make invisible structures…

    George Grella, New York Classical Review
  • The sextet of accomplished composers worked with solitary houses on lakeside islands, an anomalous monolith in Dhaka, the world’s oldest extant building, the complex interior of Aaron Copland’s home, and a unique art museum. How these composers conceived these structures in sound, whether giving them literal measurements or spiritual ideas – that was the challenge of this music, nearly all of it dedicated to Ms. Shpachenko herself. They couldn’t have chosen a more apt executant… Ms. Shpachenko played not only these six very different concepts, but she added a toy piano and – in a beautiful croon – her own voice… The result was something magical, a vision which transcended building and, like any art, put us in the mood… truly original… mysterious and touching…

    Harry Rolnick, ConcertoNet.com
  • We’re living in a time of great stylistic plurality, a time when certain older systems of composing have lost the sway they once enjoyed and new ones haven’t quite arisen to take their place. Shpachenko helped show that — there are definitely styles that she didn’t have room to feature, but no two of the works she played take the same approach to melody, harmony, and form… It was a fitting reminder that masterworks do come out of this bubble and strife, and a subtle affirmation that some things being written now may well be touchstones of the repertoire in another ninety years.

    Brin Solomon, New Classic LA

(please scroll down for full program information, sneak peaks, images of the buildings, program notes, and more)

Program

Franz Liszt La Chapelle de Guillaume Tell from Années de Pèlerinage, Book I – Switzerland (1855) …7 minutes

James Matheson Alone, in Waters Shimmering and Dark (2016) …8 minutes

Claude Debussy Pagodes from Estampes (1903) …6 minutes

Amy Beth Kirsten h.o.p.e. (2016) …6 minutes

Hannah Lash Give Me Your Songs (2016) …7 minutes

Modest Mussorgsky The Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition (1874) …5 minutes

Intermission

Lewis Spratlan Bangladesh (2015) …14 minutes

Heitor Villa-Lobos New York Skyline Melody, W 407 (1939) …3 minutes

Harold Meltzer In Full Sail (2016) …8 minutes

Jack Van Zandt Sí an Bhrú (2016) …12 minutes

Anton Arensky An der Quelle from The Fountain of Bakhchisaray, Op. 46, No. 1 (1899) …4 minutes

Bonus/Encore:

Darius Milhaud Tango des Fratellini from Le Boeuf sur le Toit, Op. 58 (1899) …2 minutes

Live Video Sample (21st century)

Watch the 2 minute preview of
“The Poetry of Places” program

Live Audio Sample (19th century)

Listen to the live performance of Arensky’s
“The Fountain of Bakhchisaray”

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
La Chapelle de Guillaume Tell from Années de Pèlerinage, Book I – Switzerland (1855)

William Tell’s Chapel in Lucerne, Switzerland

James Matheson (b. 1970)
Alone, in Waters Shimmering and Dark (2016)

House on Island in Pine Plains, NY

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Pagodes from Estampes (1903)

Pagodas in East Asia

Amy Beth Kirsten (b. 1972)
h.o.p.e. (2016)

The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore

Hannah Lash (b. 1981)
Give Me Your Songs (2016)

Aaron Copland House in Cortlandt, NY

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
The Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition (1874)

Viktor Hartmann’s painting The Great Gates of Kiev

Lewis Spratlan (b. 1940)
Bangladesh for solo piano (2015)

Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
New York Skyline Melody, W 407 (1939)

New York Skyline

Harold Meltzer (b. 1966)
In Full Sail (2016)

Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in Manhattan, NY

Jack Van Zandt (b. 1954)
Sí an Bhrú (2016)

Newgrange, a 5,000 year old Ancient Temple in Ireland

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)
An der Quelle from The Fountain of Bakhchisaray (1899)

The Fountain of Tears at the Khan Palace in Bakhchisaray, Crimea

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
Tango des Fratellini from Le Boeuf sur le Toit (1920)

The Ox on the Roof Bar in Paris, France

This program is performed in two versions: the mixed periods program above, or the 21st century program of new piano (and toy piano) works inspired by diverse buildings, all written for Nadia Shpachenko’s project

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Click here for program notes and composer bios (new pieces)