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Ittai Shapira: The Old Man and the Sea, Violin Concerto / Ittai Shapira, violin

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>Shapira, Ittai : The Old Man and the Sea, for violin & orchestra
>Shapira, Ittai : Concierto Latino, for violin & orchestra
>Shapira, Ittai : Caprice Habanera, for violin

Album Summary

>Shapira, Ittai : The Old Man and the Sea, for violin & orchestra
>Shapira, Ittai : Concierto Latino, for violin & orchestra
>Shapira, Ittai : Caprice Habanera, for violin
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ittai Shapira [brings] solo violin writing to life with a sweet, plaintive tone and an almost narrative approach to phrasing. New York Times Violinist-composer Ittai Shapira presents a new concert The Old Man and the Sea in the 50th anniversary year of Hemmingway's Pulitzer prize winning novel. Prompted by events surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, his love of all things Cuban, and his affection for Hemmingway's story, this new concerto is in three movements, from the loneliness of the fisherman to the bustle of island life and finally the heroic struggle as he finally catches a huge marlin, only for it to be eaten by sharks. Shapira has performed as soloist with orchestras worldwide including Detroit Symphony Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Czech National Symphony, and made his critically acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall in 2003.

BBC Music Magazine
Shapira should strengthen his reputation as a composer with this CD, a vibrant mixture of post-modern eclecticism with folk-song and neo-Romanticism.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
I reviewed Mr Shapira's Concierto Latino (Sept/Oct 2011); while I could praise his virtuosity, I was unmoved by his music. This release (which includes that concerto) offers more of the same, with the exception that the new concerto, The Old Man and the Sea, has slightly better orchestration. I find the music episodic and incoherent, though there are many pleasant melodies.



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Works Details

>Shapira, Ittai : The Old Man and the Sea, for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Ittai Shapira (Violin)
  • Conductor: Neil Thomson
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. 27 sec.
  • Form: Concerto

>Shapira, Ittai : Concierto Latino, for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Ittai Shapira (Violin)
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Chorzelski
  • Ensemble: London Serenata
  • Running Time: 25 min. 27 sec.
  • Form: Concerto

>Shapira, Ittai : Caprice Habañera, for violin
  • Performer: Ittai Shapira (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.