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Serenely Cedille
     

Serenely Cedille

 
Many interesting niche players have emerged in the classical sales arena, but Cedille, which bills itself as "Chicago's Classical Label," is unique in tying itself to a specific municipality. Cedille has kept up a busy release schedule of discs featuring Chicago musicians, and the label appears to be flourishing. This sampler both gives a good idea of how they've done

Overview

Many interesting niche players have emerged in the classical sales arena, but Cedille, which bills itself as "Chicago's Classical Label," is unique in tying itself to a specific municipality. Cedille has kept up a busy release schedule of discs featuring Chicago musicians, and the label appears to be flourishing. This sampler both gives a good idea of how they've done it and offers a fine selection of music for anyone looking for relaxing sounds during a harried commute. Some of the works are miniatures of a quiet cast, while others are slow movements from larger works. The key to Cedille's regional identity has been to offer recordings by Chicago performers whose distinctiveness grows in one way or another from the city's musical culture. Thus Chicago's strong African-American presence in concert music is represented by several recordings by conductor Paul Freeman, leading both his own Chicago Sinfonietta and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in several generally unfamiliar but lovely excerpts from works by black composers. The opening "Lyric for Strings" by George Walker is a highly listenable bit of Coplandiana from early in the composer's career. The sensational young violinist Rachel Barton-Pine is represented only once, in a work by a Classical-era Afro-Caribbean-French composer, the Chevalier J.J.O. de Meude-Monpas. Pianist Dmitry Paperno shines in the "Canción y danza No. 1" of Mompou, catching the odd combination of gossamer suspension and Catalan folk influence that is essential to the performance of this master miniaturist's music. There is a rotating combination of orchestral, piano, and ensemble vocal works. Overall, this is a superb application of the sampler concept, standing head-and-shoulders above cynical recycling efforts by Decca/Universal and Naxos. The music here is indeed serene, but one also gets something out of it, and is presented with an innovative model for the marketing of classical music.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2006
Label:
Cedille
UPC:
0735131800129
catalogNumber:
8001
Rank:
280047

Tracks

  1. Lyric for strings
  2. The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: October
  3. Mass for soloists & chorus in G minor: Kyrie
  4. Fantasias (7) for piano, Op. 116: Intermezzo
  5. Renascence, concertino for flute & orchestra: Andante
  6. Stabat Mater, for chorus: Eia mater
  7. Prelude and Allegro for organ & strings: Prelude
  8. Moments Musicaux (6) for piano, Op. 16: Moment musical in D-flat
  9. Thirteen Ways, for ensemble: No. 4
  10. Symphony No.1 ("Afro-American"): Adagio
  11. Cançones i dansas for piano: No. 1, Quasi moderato
  12. Midsummer Nocturne, for piano
  13. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major: Adagio
  14. Generations: Sinfonietta No. 2 for strings: Alla sarabande
  15. Suite for string trio: Dialogue
  16. African Suite, for string orchestra: Nostalgia
  17. Motets (3) for chorus, Op. 38: Beati Quorum
  18. French Suite, for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 (BC L23): Sarabande

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