Music of Seymour Shifrin
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR793     Release Date: 1998-01-01
London Sinfonietta; Jacques-Louis Monod, Conductor; Fine Arts Quartet: (Leonard Sorkin, violin; George Sopkin, violin; Bernard Zaslav, viola; Abram Loft, cello); Charles Russo, clarinet; Robert Cecil, French horn; Ynez Lynch, viola; Melvin Kaplan, oboe; Harriet Wingreen, piano

Among the American composers who were born between the world wars and who came of age during the 1930s and `40s, a small handful have captured the lion's share of public and critical attention—admittedly worthy artists such as Lukas Foss, Gunther Schuller, Ralph Shapey, and George Crumb—at the expense of a number of top-drawer musicians who still await adequate notice. One composer in the latter category is Seymour Shifrin, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1926 and died in 1979, aged 53, in the Boston suburb of Natick. While there seems little question that, had Shifrin lived at least into his 70s, he might have achieved greater acclaim, nevertheless his legacy of some 50 brilliantly crafted works offers rich rewards for those seeking a more complete picture of the astonishing variety of American music after World War II. The present disc presents three broadly representative works by the American master whom Time Magazine hailed early on as “one of the most significant composers of his generation.” The Three Pieces for Orchestra (1958) manifest the composer's orchestral aplomb, the Serenade for Five Instruments (1956) reveals his lyrical, linear ingenuity, and the String Quartet No. 4 (1966–67) shows the full rigor of his structural mastery.


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

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Music of Seymour Shifrin

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Track Listing

Three Pieces for Orchestra: I. Allegro vivace
Seymour Shifrin
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Three Pieces for Orchestra: II. Largo assai
Seymour Shifrin
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Three Pieces for Orchestra: III. Allegro molto
Seymour Shifrin
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String Quartet No. 4: I. Lirico
Seymour Shifrin
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String Quartet No. 4: II. Comodo, delicately, leisurely
Seymour Shifrin
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String Quartet No. 4: III. Misurato, Allegro
Seymour Shifrin
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Serenade for Five Instruments: I. Allegro molto
Seymour Shifrin
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Serenade for Five Instruments: II. Largo assai
Seymour Shifrin
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Serenade for Five Instruments: III. Presto molto
Seymour Shifrin
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