Notes & Reviews:
Composer Joseph Summer, who has been fascinated with Shakespeare for most of his life, has composed The Tempest, using a libretto written by his daughter, Eve Summer. Summer is founder and executive director of The Shakespeare Concerts, which presents recitals and recordings of music inspired by the immortal bard. Summer comments that "Everything that Shakespeare limned in The Tempest is about the life of my family, in fine detail. It's not as if incidents of The Tempest make brief appearances, or indeed, happen only once. The plot elements embrace us repeatedly." He goes on to relate his family's banishment from Tennessee; sojourns on desert islands; and being adrift in the Indian Ocean.
American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Joseph Summer uses Shakespeare's text and a libretto by his daughter and collaborator, EveSummer. The play has particular personal appeal for the composer, who says that "everything Shakespeare limned in The Tempest is about the life of my family, in fine detail. Everything is very conservative and neo-classical, including harmonies, themes and motives, text setting, and orchestration. The delivery of Shakespeare's words strikes me.
Recording information: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA (04/2015).
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- Performers: Andrea Chenoweth; Kathryn Guthrie; Sophie Michaux; Katherine Pracht; Christian van Horn (Bass Baritone)
- Conductor: Stefan Lano
- Ensemble: Shakespeare Concerts
- Running Time: 17 min. 44 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary