Yakov Shapiro

Yakov Shapiro This recording of Schumann’s Konzertstück gave many of us our introduction to both a great work for horns and a style of playing markedly different from what we had ever heard before. Yakov Shapiro’s vibrato was even controversial within his horn section.

He represented an older style of playing that was beginning to change in the post WWII years. A colleague who played in the Radio Orchestra with Shapiro commented that by the time of his retirement in the late 1960’s he was one of the last players to use the wide vibrato.

It is interesting to hear solo and orchestral recordings of Boris Afanasiev who suceeded Shapiro as principal horn. Although Afanasiev represented the more modern Russian style, and while his vibrato was much less than Shapiro’s, one could never mistake his playing for anything other than Russian.

Both of these early 1950’s Soviet recordings were digitally restored from American LP sources. The discs were first cleaned on a Keith Monks Mk II record cleaning machine. They were played back on a Linn Sondek LP12 turntable with Linn Ittok arm and Monster Alpha Genesis 2000 moving coil cartridge through an Audio Research SP11 Mk II tube preamplifier. A custom built PC and Diamond Cut Audio Restoration software were used in the digital conversion and restoration.

Yakov Shapiro Audio CD

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Yakov Shapiro Downloadable MP3 Album

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01 Brahms Trio In E Flat Op 40 1 Andante

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02 Brahms Trio In E Flat Op 40 2 Scherzo_ Allegro

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03 Brahms Trio In E Flat Op 40 3 Adagio Mesto

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04 Brahms Trio In E Flat Op 40 4 Allegro Con Brio

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05 Schumann Konzertstück In F Op 86 1 Lebhaft

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06 Schumann Konzertstück In F Op 86 2 Romanza

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07 Schumann Konzertstück In F Op 86 3 Sehr Lebhaft

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