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Crystal Records — Eudice Shapiro, Violin

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Eudice Shapiro (1914 – 2007), violin, was Professor Emerita of strings at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. She was a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and a former student of Ivan Shapiro and Efrem Zimbalist. An internationally renowned soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and recording artist, Shapiro appeared as orchestra soloist under Eugene Goossens, Fritz Reiner, William Steinberg, Josef Rosensock, Igor Stravinsky, and lzler Solomon, and in chamber performances with Arthur Schnabel, Bruno Walter, Lili Kraus, Rudolf Firkusny, Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, Zara Nelsova, Darius Milhaud, and Leonard Pennario. She was a frequent adjudicator for international competitions, taught master classes nationally and in the Far East and was an artist-teacher at the Aspen Festival and the Flagstaff Festival. More recently, she was an artist-in-residence at the Manchester (Vermont) Music Festival and at the Fairbanks (Alaska) Music Festival. Her former students appear in major orchestras and on college faculties throughout the world. She received the U.S.C. Ramo Music Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the ASTA Teacher of the Year Award, the Crossroads School Superior Teaching Award, and an honorary doctorate from Northern Arizona University.


CD302: STRAVINSKY, Suites from Pulcinella, Firebird, Fairy’s Kiss, Apollo, Mavra, & Petroushka. All for violin & piano (Stravinsky’s own arrangements);  ERNST TOCH: Violin Sonata.  Eudice Shapiro, violin; Ralph Berkowitz, piano.  "Recording of Special Merit", Stereo Review.  "Sensationally good", San Francisco Chronicle  UPC 009414730220 ORDER NOW

Sound samples (uses RealPlayer) Click on the link to hear up to one minute of the movement shown.
Stravinsky Suite:  Mvt 1(Introductione)   Mvt 2(Serenata)   Mvt 3(Tarantella)   Mvt 4(Gavotta)   Mvt 5(Minuetto)    Apollon musagete: Danse
    Firebird Suite: Berceuse    Scherzo     Mavra: Parasha’s Aria     Le baiser de la fee: Ballad    Petrouchka: Danse russe    Sonata  Mvt 1(Allegro non troppo)   Mvt 2(Adagio non troppo)   Mvt 3(Allegro giocoso)



CD836: Eudice Shapiro, Violin. With Brooks Smith, Piano.  Igor Stravinsky: Duo Concertant; Divertimento. Lukas Foss: String Quartet No. 1.

Stravinsky’s Duo Concertant and Divertimento were recorded in 1962 in Los Angeles, California and originally released on Ava Records.  Foss’ String Quartet No.1 was originally released on Columbia Masterworks LP. Shapiro is a member of the America Art Quartet in this recording for which recording dates and other information are unavailable.

“Shapiro is an absolute dynamo in these archival recordings of Stravinsky and Foss. The former student of Efrem Zimbalist digs in with such verve that the music gains an extra infectious aura.” Gramophone, March 2007 “The Duo Concertant (1931) and the Divertimento (from Le baiser de la fée) are both prime Stravinsky…this [recording] feels both authentic and sincere.”  International Record Review, January 2007 “Lukas Foss’ warm and inviting First String Quartet was written in 1947 when he was just 23. It would be impressive for a composer of any age. The American Art Quartet bestow on it their collective love.”  International Record Review, January 2007 “The works on the present disc have more melodic concentration in common than you may at first have guessed. The Foss demands to be heard. The Stravinsky pieces show the composer as passionate and engaging at a more human level than was his wont in later years.” Musicweb UPC 009414783622   ORDER NOW

Sound samples (uses RealPlayer) Click on the link to hear up to one minute of the movement shown.

Stravinsky: Duo Concertant Cantilena    Eclogue I   Eclogue II    Jig    Dithyramb   Stravinsky: Divertimento  Sinfonia, Danses Suisses   Scherzo   Pas de Deux    Foss: String Quartet No. 1


CD850:  LOU HARRISON, Concerto for Violin and Percussion; Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra.  Eudice Shapiro, violin; David Craighead, organ; Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble, William Kraft, conductor. "Recording of Special Merit", Stereo Review. "The violin soars and sings. Superb performance"  High Fidelity  "...marvelous expressive melodies in the Violin Concerto. The Organ Concerto is even more flamboyant... particularly joyous." Fanfare. UPC 009414785022 ORDER NOW

Sound samples (uses RealPlayer) Click on the link to hear up to one minute of the movement shown.
Concerto for Violin:  Mvt 1
(Allegro maestoso)   Mvt 2(Largo)   Mvt 3(Allegro)    Concerto for Organ:  Mvt 1(Allegro)  Mvt 2(Andante)  Mvt 3(Largo)   Mvt 4(Canons and Choruses)   Mvt 5(Allegro Finale)


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