Ralph Shapey: Radical Traditionalism
Liner Notes   Cat. No. 80681     Release Date: 2007-01-01

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.

Quartet of the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago

Ralph Shapey: Radical Traditionalism

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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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