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
Four-Hand Sonata (1941) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0211/TOCC0211t05.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0211EAN/UPC: 5060113442116Release Date: 02.06.2014Composer: Harold Shapero Artists: Evan Hirsch, Sally Pinkas
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Michael Round :
“… 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
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