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Artist Spotlight | Camden Shaw

In celebration of Cedille’s upcoming album release, the Dover Quartet’s Beethoven Complete String Quartets box set, we are proud to feature the Dover’s Camden Shaw in our Artist Spotlight series, where Chicago’s classical artists discuss the music important to them.

From Camden:

Two years ago in Goshen Indiana, the last notes of Opus 131 rang out heavily from the Dover Quartet and marked the end of a three-year endeavor: recording the full Beethoven quartet cycle.  It remains difficult to describe the enormity of this project for us; the sheer effort- the weight of responsibility, the lightness of aspiration- all driving us toward the most thorough and meaningful interpretations we could achieve.  Beethoven’s presence was so potent, so omnipresent in our lives that the morning after the last recording session I felt the distinct sadness of knowing a salient period of my life had come to an end.  Thankfully, our friendship with this music will remain forever- and these recordings also, as a tribute to that period of our lives, and to the astounding, evergreen dreams of a long-departed soul.

Beethoven Complete String Quartets box set is available for pre-order. To learn more about the project and purchase, click below.



Mary Elizabeth Bowden, praised for her “splendid, brilliant” artistry (Gramophone), celebrates the narrative power of the trumpet. Bowden is joined by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Allen Tinkham in a collection of new concertos that redefine the trumpet’s voice in modern classical music.

Monthly Playlist

To celebrate Cedille’s May 10 release of the Pacifica Quartet‘s American Voices, featuring music based on folk and popular music elements, a playlist of pieces based on folk songs, dances, hymns, spirituals, etc. (real or invented). We’ll add tracks from the new album when it’s released on 5/10.

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On this episode of Classical Chicago, Cedille President Jim Ginsburg talks with Pacifica Quartet violinist Austin Hartman about his experience recording Cedille’s latest release, American Voices. The multiple Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet continues its highly acclaimed recording series that explores the sounds of America with an album comprising string quartets incorporating elements of American folk music and spirituals by Antonín Dvořák, Florence Price, and Louis Gruenberg, plus a new work by James Lee III.