Woman At The New Piano
Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman: piano, percussion
Genevieve Feiwen Lee: piano, toy piano, electronics
THREE GRAMMY Nominations!
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Best Classical Compendium
Producer of the Year, Classical
World Premiere Recordings of New Works for Piano, Chamber Instruments and Electronics from Four Notable Modern Composers
This innovative project of new compositions brings together piano repertoire representing the diversity of today’s American classical music. With sounds and textures both new and familiar, both tumultuous and contemplative, all the pieces touch on themes of transformation, of resonances across time, and of cycles of rebirth. The four composers present a snapshot of the many facets of piano music in 2013, the beginning of a new era of pianism.
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 out of the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. Nadia’s concert highlights include solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as numerous appearances as a soloist with orchestras in Europe and the Americas. An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, she has been chosen to give world and national premieres of various piano, string piano and toy piano works by Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Tom Flaherty, Yury Ishchenko, Leon Kirchner, James Matheson, Adam Schoenberg, Diego Vega, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, and others. Winner of more than a dozen piano competitions, Nadia currently serves on the faculties of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Claremont Graduate University.
This album is produced by six-time GRAMMY® nominees Marina and Victor Ledin, engineered and edited by the uncompromising and innovative engineer, Barry Werger-Gottesman. Recorded at Pomona College, Claremont, California, July 11-14, 2013
“Given the involvement of multiple composers, Woman At The New Piano is naturally diverse, yet it’s cohesive, too. Though dramatic stylistic contrasts between works emerge, Shpachenko’s passionate rendering of the material unifies it on this special recording. Clearly a labour of love (Shpachenko didn’t simply receive the composers’ works upon completion but was extensively involved in the developmental process)” —TEXTURA, February 2015
“Woman at the New Piano is an album with a surely cosmic purpose… Stellar performances throughout, usual fine Reference Recordings sound throughout, informative liner notes and a most varied and energetic program make “Woman at the New Piano” a clear winner and a new favorite here.” —Don Clark, Pictures on Silence
“If there’s a downside to this release, it’s that we might start expecting a new one every year. Nadia Shpachenko has done heroic work here, and the composers provide stimulating listening. I will be returning with special interest to the works by Matheson and Schoenberg.…” —Brian Reinhart, MusicWeb International
“Woman at the New Piano is a generous helping of new piano music by four contemporary composers covering a wide range of feelings, moods and techniques. Ms. Shpachenko and Genevieve Feiwen Lee have skillfully combined to produce a memorable recording.” —Paul Muller, New Classic LA