Ralph Shapey: Radical Traditionalism
Wanda Maximilien, piano; The Lexington Quartet of the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago; Quartet of the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago; Robert Black, piano; New York New Music Ensemble: Jayn Rosenfeld, flute; Laura Flax, clarinet; Daniel Druckman, percussion; Alan Feinberg, piano; Cyrus Stevens, violin; Eric Bartlett, cello; Robert Black, conductor

“Radical traditionalist" is what I've been called. My music combines two fundamentally contradictory impulses-radical language and romantic sensibility. The melodies are disjunct and dissonant; they contain atonal harmonies and extremes in register, dynamics and textural contrast. Yet the musical structures are grandly formed and run the gamut of dramatic gestures. Like the Romantics, I conceive of art in a deeply spiritual way. A great work of art transcends the immediate moment into a world of infinity. -Ralph Shapey


This collection-drawn from the original CRI LPs-provides a glimpse into a critical point in Ralph Shapey’s (1921 - 2002) artistic development and comprises several of his most important compositions. It covers a period from 1963 to 1979, when he moved from an astringent, visionary modernism, to a version of the same that was tempered by a more "classical" character. This is a major restoration to the discography of contemporary American music of the work of one of its most uncompromising and largely misunderstood figures.

21 Variations for Piano (1978), String Quartet No. 6 (1963), String Quartet No. 7 (1972), Fromm Variations (31 Variations for Piano) (1966; 1972- 73), Three for Six (1979)

Quartet of the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago

Ralph Shapey: Radical Traditionalism

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21 Variations For Piano
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String Quartet No. 6
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String Quartet No. 7: I. Brillante
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String Quartet No. 7: II. Scherzando, Leggiero
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String Quartet No. 7: III. Largo
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String Quartet No. 7: IV. Passacaglia
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Chorale
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation I
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation II
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation III
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation IV
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation V
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation VI
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation VII
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation VIII
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation IX
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation X
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XI
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XII
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XIII
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XIV
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XV
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XVI
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XVII
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XVIII
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XIX
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XX
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XXI
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XXII
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XXIII
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XXIV
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XXV
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XXVI
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XXVII
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XXVIII
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XXIX
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XXX
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Fromm Variations (31 Variations For Piano): Variation XXXI
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Three For Six: Movement I
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Three For Six: Movement II
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Three For Six: Movement III
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