Pianist Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman has performed extensively in solo recitals and with orchestras in major venues across North America, Europe and Asia. Described by critics as a "truly inspiring and brilliant pianist spellbinding in sensitivity and mastery of technique," Nadia enjoys bringing into the world things that are outside the box powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation.
Nadias concert highlights include recitals at Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, on the Piano Spheres and Los Angeles Philharmonics Green Umbrella and Chamber Music Series, and with numerous orchestras in Europe and the Americas. An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, she has been chosen to premiere more than 60 piano, string piano, and toy piano works.
Her debut album on Reference Recordings, Woman at the New Piano (FRCD711), was nominated for GRAMMY® Awards in three categories: Best Classical Compendium; Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, and as part of the body of work in the Producer of the Year, Classical nomination for Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin.
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With the experience of space at its coreand the piano at its heartthis album presents works by living composers inspired by buildings and spaces from Ireland to Santa Monica, Baltimore to Bangladesh, and Massachusetts to New York. The result is an expertly produced multimedia project distilled into sound that startles and transports the listener in waves and jumps (Norman's Frank's House), through passage graves (Van Zandt's Sí an Bhrú), personal trauma (Kirsten's h.o.p.e.), and melodic mazes (Lash's Give Me Your Songs). It locates places in time and music in space, evoking culture, and even projecting a nation's hope (Spratlan's Bangladesh). Shpachenko and her co-performers' intuitive musicianship bring it all to life, but the audio recording medium does not do the project full justice, in spite of its spot-on performances, excellent engineering, and comprehensive 27-page full-color booklet. To get the full effect, see it live. Otherwise, this recording is the next best thing.Features:
• World Premiere Recordings
• Total time: 77:32
• Made in USA
Joanne Pearce Martin, piano (1, 10)
Nick Terry, percussion (1)
Cory Hills, percussion (1)
1. Frank's House - for two pianists & two percussionists
2. In Full Sail - for solo piano
Jack Van Zandt
3. Si an Bhru - for piano and electronics
4. Give Me Your Songs - for solo piano
Amy Beth Kirsten
5. h.o.p.e. - for piano, toy piano and voice (one performer)
Alone, in waters shimmering and dark - for solo piano
7. Capillary Waves
8. To Sky
9. Bangladesh - for solo piano
Nina C. Young
10. Kolokol - for two pianos and electronics