NV5973 GODDESSES :: Navona Records
Joseph Summer
Release Date: October 14, 2014

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Jessica Lennick, soprano; Andrea Chenoweth, soprano; Kellie Van Horn, mezzo-soprano; Miroslav Sekera, piano; John McGinn, music director; Luke Grooms, tenor; Paul Soper, baritone; Clark Matthews, solo French horn; Krista Reisner & Rohan Gregory, violins; Peter Sulski, viola; Guy Fishman, cello; Robert Nairn, double bass; Ian Watson, conductor; Jessica Lizak, solo flute; Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, mezzo-soprano; Jeffrey Lang, French horn; Elaine Comparone, harpsichord; Noel Espiritu Velasco, Music director; John Boden, Frederick Aldrich, Robert Marlatt, French horns; Bonita Williams, Double Bass

GODDESSES is the third offering in Navona Records' The Shakespeare Concerts Series, which presents several works by composer Joseph Summer from his collection of settings of Shakespearean scenes, sonnets, and soliloquies, Oxford Songs. These particular works are reflections on feminine divinity, from the literal - as in the triumvirate of Roman goddesses in the piece Honour, Riches, Marriage-Blessing - by way of the metaphorical - as exemplified by the depiction of women in the sonnets, In The Old Age Black Was Not Counted Fair and Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day - and to the figurative - contained in the idealized, eternal female characters of Juliet, Olivia, and Ophelia, respectively portrayed in the works, Gallop Apace You Fiery-Footed Steeds, If Music Be The Food of Love, and There Is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook. Summer's deep knowledge of Shakespeare's works and rich compositional technique produce a musical and literary experience that adds layers of insight to Shakespearean characters and themes.

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