Harold Shapero: Piano Music

Catalogue No: TOCC0211
EAN/UPC: 5060113442116
Release Date: 2014-06-02
Composer: Harold Shapero
Artists: Evan Hirsch, Sally Pinkas

Harold Shapero (1920-2013) reacted against the dominance of modernism in American musical life in the mid-twentieth-century by using a Neoclassical language with its roots in Beethoven and Schubert, initially animated by Stravinsky. These three early piano works — two of them receiving their first-ever recordings — reveal Shapero's superb craftsmanship and his ready wit, in music which embraces the past instead of rejecting it.

Sally Pinkas, piano
Evan Hirsch and Sally Pinkas, piano duo

2 reviews for Harold Shapero: Piano Music

  1. :

    “… Both here [Sonata in F minor] and in the C minor Variations of 1947 (both first recordings), the idiom is rugged, the scale substantial and the initial effect powerful. Sally Pinkas’s admirable and close-miked performances are suitably robust. She is joined by Evan Hirsch for the Four-Hand Sonata, which recalls Copland and Poulenc.” International Piano

  2. :

    ‘Not surprisingly, given the composer’s superb training, the music is very well crafted […] [I have] heard many fine performances of contemporary piano music from the reliably excellent Pinkas. She is also well abetted by Evan Hirsch, her regular partner (in life as well as on stage).

    Shapero, who died in 2013 at the age of 93, probably did not have the robust career that his early days seemed to promise. Perhaps his time is yet to come; this excellent collection of piano music is a step in the right direction.’

    —Peter Burwasser, Fanfare magazine, November/December 2014

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