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Nadia Shpachenko's 'The Poetry of Places' is an impressive collection of new works by outstanding contemporary composers / Sequenza21

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San Francisco-based Reference Recordings has released The Poetry of Places, a new CD of piano music performed by Nadia Shpachenko. Featuring eight new compositions from prominent contemporary composers, The Poetry of Places consists of world premiers inspired by structures such as the Gehry House in Santa Monica and the Copland House in Cortlandt, NY. The pieces in this album are for solo piano, for two pianos, percussion, electronics, voice, and toy piano. Six of the works in this collection were written specifically for this project by Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, Lewis Spratlan, and Jack Van Zandt. Also included are Andrew Norman's Frank's House, for two pianos and percussion, and another large work from Nina C. Young, Kolokol, for two pianos and electronics. Shpachenko's 2014 release on Reference Recordings, Woman at the New Piano, was nominated for Grammy Awards in three categories.

The Poetry of Places is an impressive collection of new works by outstanding contemporary composers, performed by first-rate musicians. The extensive artwork and informative 32-page booklet make this album an important reference for understanding the creative processes at work in new music today.

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