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.
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.
Named one of the greatest string quartets of the last 100 years by BBC Music Magazine, the Grammy-nominated Dover Quartet’s critically acclaimed epic traversal of Beethoven’s Complete String Quartets, including Vol. 1: The Opus 18 Quartets (2020), Vol. 2: The Middle Quartets (2021), and Vol. 3: The Late Quartets (2022), is now available as a specially priced 8-disc boxed set (price of 3 CDs).
For the month of Thanksgiving, 50 pieces whose lyrics (actual or implied) give thanks to or praise God. Especially featured is mid-20th century Chicago composer Leo Sowerby’s 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning hymn of praise, The Canticle of the Sun, whose movements are interspersed through the playlist.
On this episode of Classical Chicago, Cedille President Jim Ginsburg talks with Chicago a cappella Artistic Director John William Trotter about his experience recording Cedille’s latest release, Miracle of Miracles — Music for Hanukkah. The album features a collection of songs from more than 25 years of Chicago a cappella performances, arranged into a single program that replays the story of Hanukkah.