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Nadia Shpachenko's 'Poetry of Places' is a fascinating collection featuring established and emerging composers / Cinemusical

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Pianist Nadia Shpachenko, has made a number of critically-acclaimed recordings for the Reference label (with multiple Grammy nominations).  Her programs often feature unique works, often recent commissions, that explore her interest in collaborations while also finding unique themes that help tie the albums together.  That is certainly the  case here in The Poetry of Places.  This new release features world premiere recordings of eight works by both established and emerging composers.  Each of the pieces here is inspired by specific architectural structures and locations that inform both the sound and architecture of the pieces included here.  Though mostly a solo album, the bookending works feature music for two pianos with Joanne Pearce Martin joining.

The Poetry of Places is a truly fascinating collection of original music for piano that demonstrates a great variety of approaches.  The thematic thread that runs through the album helps create a secondary connection to the music and invites the listener in on a journey through these different spaces.  Shpachenko's technical virtuosity is on display throughout here.  She is very adept at making the requisite shifts in tone that this music demands with some rather beautiful lyrical playing that is equally gorgeous in the midst of some of the more visceral pieces.  The Reference engineers have captured this in their typical stunning sound.  The accompanying booklet is another great asset with pictures of each location and information about the conception of each work.  Certainly this is an important album for any music lovers interested in modern piano literature.

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