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Joseph Summer: The Garden of Forking Paths / Kalmia Quartet

Album Summary

>Summer, Joseph : The Garden of Forking Paths, string quartet in C major
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This string quartet by noted American composer Joseph Summer is a musical interpretation of the named stories of the preeminent 20th century fabulist, Jorge Luis Borges. Born in 1956, Joseph Summer studied at Oberlin and Carnegie- Mellon, where he later taught. Summer has written four comic operas based on the stories of The Decameron. These operas are part of a planned seven opera cycle, which follows the exploits of a half dozen characters over the course of a week in an imagined 14th century Naples. Founder of The Shakespeare Concerts, Summer's music inspired by Shakespeare appears on two previously released recordings on Albany Records.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
All in all, the notes are highly interesting but quite insane, unlike the music, which is romantic, reasonable, contrapuntally beautiful, but not pulled together emotionally into something I can follow through and get anywhere. It is well worth exploring, I think - more so than the repetitive liner notes, though they also are worth scanning, at least. The Kalmia plays the music with involvement, and the recording is fine.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts (05/22/2011-05/23/2011).


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>Summer, Joseph : The Garden of Forking Paths, string quartet in C major
  • Ensemble: Kalmia Quartet
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts (05/22/2011-05/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary