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Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Centaur Records   Catalog #: 3103   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Shapey
Performer:  Miranda CucksonBlair McMillen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An American artist of tremendous talent and adamant artistic conviction, Ralph Shapey displayed a natural aptitude for composition and violin playing from an early age. After freelancing in New York where he was much inspired Abstract Expressionist painters including Willem de Kooning, he accepted a professorship at the University of Chicago. Though hailed as a major composer, performances of his music were never abundant, probably in part because of his bluntly combatative, controversial personality. Yet his works are still heard through the efforts of his champions, people continue to discover his music. This is my second CD of Shapey’s violin works and I am more excited than ever about the communicative effectiveness and craft of his Read more compositions. His music is rewarding as an immediately graspable aesthetic experience. Known as a “radical traditionalist,” he combined a fervent regard and understanding of past Germanic masters – Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Brahms – with a bold spirit of innovation that is distinctly American. – Miranda Cuckson

In demand as a soloist and chamber musician in a wide range of repertoire, Miranda Cuckson has been lauded as “fiercely gifted in TimeOut NY and “a brilliant young performer who plays daunting contemporary music with insight, honesty and temperament.”
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano by Ralph Shapey
Performer:  Miranda Cuckson (Violin), Blair McMillen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949 
2.
Sonata for Violin solo by Ralph Shapey
Performer:  Miranda Cuckson (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972 
3.
Adagio and Allegro by Ralph Shapey
Performer:  Miranda Cuckson (Violin), Blair McMillen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955 
4.
Etudes (4) for Violin solo by Ralph Shapey
Performer:  Miranda Cuckson (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 by Ralph Shapey
Performer:  Miranda Cuckson (Violin), Blair McMillen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998 

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