Cedille's Classical Chicago Podcast
Welcome to Cedille’s new podcast, Classical Chicago!
Each episode highlights a new release and features interviews with your favorite Cedille artists along with excerpts from the recording. Scroll down to listen to the show — in full or in shorter sections — and to view behind the scenes photos. You can also subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes.
Episode 13 — Camden Shaw (Dover Quartet)
The latest episode of Cedille's Classical Chicago Podcast features an interview with Dover Quartet cellist, Camden Shaw. In conversation with Steve Robinson and Cedille President Jim Ginsburg, Camden discusses the Quartet's latest album, Voices of Defiance.
“The young American string quartet of the moment” (The New Yorker) delivers an original, deeply felt program of three European composers’ distinctive responses to the destruction and despair of World War II. Czech composer Viktor Ullmann’s powerful String Quartet No. 3, written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943, draws inspiration from Debussy’s Impressionism and Schoenberg’s serialism. The ensemble’s muscular approach to Dmitri Shostakovich’s epic String Quartet No. 2 from 1944 emphasizes its tragic qualities, befitting the album’s theme. A captivating discovery for most listeners, Szymon Laks’s lyrical String Quartet No 3, written in 1945 following his evacuation from Auschwitz and liberation from Dachau, revels in folk melodies from his native Poland in contrasting scenes of heartbreak and ecstasy.