Stories » Nadia Shpachenko's 'The Poetry of Places' features a scintillating mix of daring sound, genuine beauty, and humor / Fanfare

Top 10 for Mar

Nadia Shpachenko's 'The Poetry of Places' features a scintillating mix of daring sound, genuine beauty, and humor / Fanfare

Bookmark and Share

As was the case with Nadia Shpachenko's previous Reference Recordings project, Quotations and Homages, this release features a broad range of contemporary voices, with a scintillating mix of daring sound, genuine beauty, and a commodity too often missing from the new music world: humor. This collection of eight new works, all receiving world premiere recordings, draws inspiration from significant architecture as well as place. Starchitect Frank Gehry's buildings are the subject of the first two works. His Santa Monica house is the subject of Andrew Newman's Frank's House, in which a lovely waltz is enhanced by percussion effects using materials (plywood, corrugated metal, chain link fence) found in the design of the building. The angular historicism of the house is in contrast to the undulating glass surfaces of Gehry's IAC Building, along New York's High Line Park, which Harold Meltzer pays homage to with delicate, shimmering solo piano music.

READ THE FULL Fanfare REVIEW