Release Date: January 1, 2013
Catalog #: NV5899
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Vocal Music

Shakespeare’s Memory

Joseph Summer composer

Kalmia String Quartet
Chad Sloan baritone; Andrea Chenoweth, Maria Ferrante sopranos; Kellie Van Horn mezzo-soprano; Justin Vickers tenor
Miroslav Sekera piano
Ian Watson piano harpsichord
Lydie Härtelovä harp

SHAKESPEARE’S MEMORY is the first offering Navona’s The Shakespeare Concerts Series. A salmagundi of selections from composer Joseph Summer’s The Oxford Songs, this album includes previously unreleased recordings spanning the life of the series. This first volume includes Summer’s original chamber and vocal compositions set to Shakespeare’s dramas and sonnets and the poetry of Milton and Yeats, performed by a slew of musicians: the Kalmia String Quartet, baritone Chad Sloan, soprano Andrea Chenoweth, mezzo-soprano Kellie Van Horn, tenor Justin Vickers, pianists Miroslav Sekera and Ian Watson, and harpist Lydie Härtelovä.


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Artist Information

Joseph Summer


Joseph Summer began playing French horn at the age of 7. While attending the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina at age 14 he studied composition with the eminent Czech composer Karel Husa. At age 15 he was accepted at Oberlin Conservatory, studied with Richard Hoffmann, Schönberg’s amanuensis, and graduated with a B.M. in Music Composition in 1976. Recruited by Robert Page, Dean of the Music Department at Carnegie Mellon University, Summer taught music theory at CMU before leaving to pursue composition full time.