New album Quotations & Homages – to be released on Reference Recordings on April 6, 2018

About the program

  • Delivered with an authority and unhesitating know-how that left no room for doubt, Shpachenko’s virtuoso program of new music for piano—both solo and electronically fleshed—revealed how convincingly present-day composers can match the prestidigital feats of Liszt and Chopin… Shpachenko’s thoughtfully ordered offering of uniformly winning pieces, centered on a theme of “quotations and homages,” was an homage to the audience—an inviting, overflowing musical cornucopia, impacting listeners all the more directly in its uninterrupted flow.

    Steven Niles, New Classic LA
  • 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