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… See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2006
Label:
Cedille
UPC:
0735131800129
catalogNumber:
8001
Rank:
319158

Tracks

  1. Lyric for strings  - George Walker  -  Chicago Sinfonietta  - Paul Freeman
  2. The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: October  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Dmitry Paperno
  3. Mass for soloists & chorus in G minor: Kyrie  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Anne Heider  -  His Majestie's Clerkes
  4. Fantasias (7) for piano, Op. 116: Intermezzo  - Johannes Brahms  - Dmitry Paperno
  5. Renascence, concertino for flute & orchestra: Andante  - Lita Grier  - Paul Freeman  - Mary Stolper  -  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
  6. Stabat Mater, for chorus: Eia mater  - Frank Ferko  - Anne Heider  -  His Majestie's Clerkes
  7. Prelude and Allegro for organ & strings: Prelude  - Walter Piston  - Carlos Kalmar  - David Schrader  -  Grant Park Orchestra
  8. Moments Musicaux (6) for piano, Op. 16: Moment musical in D-flat  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Dmitry Paperno
  9. Thirteen Ways, for ensemble: No. 4  - Thomas Albert  -  eighth blackbird
  10. Symphony No.1 ("Afro-American"): Adagio  - William Grant Still  -  Chicago Sinfonietta  - Paul Freeman
  11. Cançones i dansas for piano: No. 1, Quasi moderato  - Federico Mompou  - Dmitry Paperno
  12. Midsummer Nocturne, for piano  - Aaron Copland  - Ramon Salvatore
  13. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major: Adagio  - Chevalier Meude-Monpas  - Daniel Hege  - Rachel Barton Pine  -  Encore Chamber Orchestra
  14. Generations: Sinfonietta No. 2 for strings: Alla sarabande  - Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson  -  Chicago Sinfonietta  - Paul Freeman
  15. Suite for string trio: Dialogue  - Alexandre Tansman  -  Chicago Chamber Musicians  -  Chicago Chamber Musicians
  16. African Suite, for string orchestra: Nostalgia  - Fela Sowande  -  Chicago Sinfonietta  - Paul Freeman
  17. Motets (3) for chorus, Op. 38: Beati Quorum  - Charles Villiers Stanford  - Anne Heider  -  His Majestie's Clerkes
  18. French Suite, for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 (BC L23): Sarabande  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Dmitry Paperno

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