Quotations and Homages

Released worldwide on Reference Recordings on April 6, 2018


  • The genius of this album is in its effortless flow. Each work follows naturally from one to the next. Though unified by the common theme of homage, each piece is wholly individual and unrelated to the others, enabling continuous listener attention… The concept is creative, the program well constructed, and Shpachenko’s pianism is of the highest caliber. The recording is sure to remain a mainstay of the contemporary discography for posterity.

    Steven Niles, New Classic LA
  • …a superb and superbly recorded program of pieces as fresh as they are ready to pay respect to the traditions that led to their creation… Shpachenko’s playing is everything it needs to be and more… Eras seem not to exist for her, and neither does musical dogma, allowing her the freedom to speak the music’s multifarious dialects.

    Marc Medwin, Fanfare Magazine
  • The works are responses to music of composers of the past. Shpachenko herself is a strong player, with a touch that gives weight and solidity even at low dynamics… It gets wild at times, and Shpachenko played with plenty of power… Shpachenko played expertly with and through the electronics, shaping the dynamics into a rich ambient sound.

    George Grella, New York Classical Review

Track Listing:

  • TOM FLAHERTY Rainbow Tangle for piano and electronics (inspired by Messiaen)
  • MISSY MAZZOLI Bolts of Loving Thunder for solo piano (inspired by Brahms)
  • PETER YATES Epitaphs and Youngsters, a mélodrame for solo pianist (inspired by Ives, Bach, de Falla, Gershwin)
  • VERA IVANOVA 6 Fugitive Memories for solo piano (inspired by Ustvolskaya, Prokofiev, Feldman, Gubaidulina, Kurtág, Debussy, and Satie)
  • NICK NORTON Piano Piece for Mr. Carter’s 100th Birthday for solo piano (inspired by Carter)
  • ADAM BORECKI Accidental Mozart for solo piano (inspired by Mozart)
  • DANIEL FELSENFELD Down to You is Up for solo piano (inspired by The Velvet Underground)
  • JAMES MATHESON Bagatelle for 6 pianists on 3 pianos, 12 hands (inspired by Beethoven)
  • TOM FLAHERTY Igor to Please for 6 pianists on 2 toy pianos, 2 pianos, and electronics (inspired by Stravinsky)

Sneak Peak 1 – “Quotations and Homages” trailer

Sneak Peak 2 – “Debutie” by Vera Ivanova