Michael Shapiro's 'Archangel Concerto' is the KDFC: Download of the Week'
Born in Brooklyn in 1951, Michael Shapiro has been active as a composer almost since then. On ARCHANGEL, Shapiro's Archangel Concerto for Piano and Orchestra' features pianist Steven Beck (New York Philharmonic, Brooklyn Knights). The Concerto is probably the most programmatic piece of music Michael Shapiro has ever written. Archangel is in two books or movements. Book One depicts the war between the forces of good and evil set forth in John Milton's Paradise Lost. Book Two portrays Adam and Eve (and the Serpent) in Eden and their being cast out into the world we all live. Archangel is therefore about the most basic and terrifying truth, the fight between good and evil raging to this day.
KDFC: San Francisco's freebie this week is a movement from his Archangel Piano Concerto with soloist Steven Beck.