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Each work on 'The Poetry of Places' is memorable, and beautifully played by Nadia Shpachenko / Music for Several Instruments

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In his 1873 essay "The School of Giorgione" Walter Pater famously said "All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music." Those forces are evident in each of these World Premiere works by eight composers, in this marvellous disc from pianist Nadia Shpachenko. Each of the works is about a special place, with music interacting with a wide range of human activities: fine and applied arts (architecture and design), the heritage arts and the natural world. Each of these works is memorable, and beautifully played by Shpachenko on a Steinway grand piano and, memorably, on a toy piano, a Schoenhut 37 ­key Traditional Deluxe Spinet. As well she has excellent support from Joanne Pearce Martin in four-hand pieces, and percussionists Nick Terry and Cory Hills. This is a marvellous project, well worth exploring.

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