Centrediscs / Centredisques
CD-CMCCD 17011

music by George Fiala and Heather Schmidt
Christina Petrowska Quilico, Piano



Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico performs concerti by Canadian composers George Fiala and Heather Schmidt on her latest recording, Tapestries, issued on the Canadian Music Centre's Centrediscs label. The Fiala features the unusual concerto pairing of piano and choir.

This is her fifth CD of Canadian piano concerti, and the seventh and eighth Canadian piano concerti she has recorded. It is also her 26th recorded title. Physical copies of Tapestries are now available for pre-sale at The Canadian Music Centre.

"Concerto Cantata", by Montreal composer George Fiala, reflects the Ukrainian heritage of both the composer and the pianist. It was commissioned by the Edmonton-based Alberta Ukrainian Commemorative Society, and is dedicated to the 1988 Millennium of Christianity in the Ukraine. This recording on Tapestries is taken from its world premiere in 1987 at Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall. It features Petrowska Quilico at the piano, with the Canadian Ukrainian Opera Chorus under the late Ukrainian-born conductor Wolodymyr Kolesnyk.

"Piano Concerto No.2", by Calgary native, U.S. based composer Heather Schmidt, was recorded at its 2001 premiere at the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener, Ontario. Daniel Warren conducts the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. The work was written for Petrowska Quilico, and commissioned by CBC Radio Music through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Composed in the traditional three-movement form, it features a virtuosic third movement for both the soloist and orchestra.

Two of Petrowska Quilico's earlier Canadian piano concerti CDs have earned Juno nominations for best composition - Glenn Buhr's on Canadian Piano Concerti (CBC Records) and Larysa Kuzmenko's on 3 Concerti (Centrediscs). Her recording of David Mott's concerto Eclipse (Centrediscs), featuring Petrowska Quilico with a world music ensemble made its debut on the Space Shuttle Atlantis, as a choice of astronaut Steve MacLean.

In addition to contemporary piano concerti, Petrowska Quilico also performs traditional repertoire. She is featured soloist in the Grieg piano concerto with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra under the baton of Kristian Alexander, Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Markham Theatre

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The rich and romantic sound of the virtuoso piano inspires and unites these two very distinctive piano concerti. Both composers were trained primarily in traditional schools such as the Julliard School in New York and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Kiev, Ukraine. My connection to them is my Ukrainian background and my many years at the Julliard School working with some of the world's foremost piano teachers. The composers are attracted to large forms - the symphony, the concerto, the sonata. These works have a logical structure. The melodic line, although frequently angular, is lyrical and expressive, and the rhythms are edgy. The instrumental writing is colourful with dramatic contrasts and although the works allow a tonal pattern, there are hints of dissonance and serialism. I had the opportunity to work with both composers for the world premieres of their concerti. Their vision and passion for the piano were an inspiration for me.

- Christina Petrowska Quilico

Virtuosic command of the piano
“Christina Petrowska Quilico once again displays her virtuosic command of the piano with this live recording of the world premieres of two piano concertos.”

- Patricia Debly, Brock University, in CAML Review
  (Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres)
The piano is brilliant in this sparkling work
“The young pianist and composer Heather Schmidt seduces the listener with her Piano Concerto No. 2; the work offers as much to the neophyte as to the specialist in contemporary music. The instrumentation is interesting throughout and the piano is brilliant in this sparkling work.”

– Normand Babin, La Scena Musicale (scena.org)
The Wholenote Magazine
Tapestries: Concerti by George Fiala and Heather Schmidt, Christina Petrowska Quilico

"Christina Petrowska Quilico's significant contributions to the recorded contemporary Canadian piano repertoire continue to impress.... Making it sound easier than it is, Quilico's performance ...is coloristic and well-paced, justifying indeed the disc's title Tapestries."

- Roger Knox, The WholeNote
Review Vancouver
"Last November 2nd at the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto, an event was held to celebrate the launch of Christina Petrowska Quilico's 26th CD, Tapestries. This is a CD worth having and listening to."

- Ed Farolan, Review Vancouver