Serenely Cedille

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 1/24/2006
  • Label: Cedille
  • UPC: 735131800129
  • Catalog Number: 8001
  • Sales rank: 343,273

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lyric for strings - George Walker & Chicago Sinfonietta (5:19)
    Composed byGeorge Walker
    Conducted byPaul Freeman
    Performed byChicago Sinfonietta, Paul Freeman
  2. 2 The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: October - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Dmitry Paperno (4:28)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
  3. 3 Mass for soloists & chorus in G minor: Kyrie - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Anne Heider (3:49)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
  4. 4 Fantasias (7) for piano, Op. 116: Intermezzo - Johannes Brahms & Dmitry Paperno (4:18)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
  5. 5 Renascence, concertino for flute & orchestra: Andante - Paul Freeman & Lita Grier (3:44)
    Composed byLita Grier
    Conducted byPaul Freeman
    Performed byPaul Freeman, Czech National Symphony Orchestra
  6. 6 Stabat Mater, for chorus: Eia mater - Frank Ferko & Anne Heider (2:33)
    Composed byFrank Ferko
  7. 7 Prelude and Allegro for organ & strings: Prelude - Walter Piston & Carlos Kalmar (5:20)
    Composed byWalter Piston
    Conducted byCarlos Kalmar
    Performed byCarlos Kalmar, Grant Park Orchestra
  8. 8 Moments Musicaux (6) for piano, Op. 16: Moment musical in D-flat - Sergey Rachmaninov & Dmitry Paperno (4:15)
    Composed bySergey Rachmaninov
  9. 9 Thirteen Ways, for ensemble: No. 4 - Thomas Albert & eighth blackbird (3:31)
    Composed byThomas Albert
  10. 10 Symphony No.1 ("Afro-American"): Adagio - William Grant Still & Chicago Sinfonietta (4:20)
    Composed byWilliam Grant Still
    Conducted byPaul Freeman
    Performed byChicago Sinfonietta, Paul Freeman
  11. 11 Cançones i dansas for piano: No. 1, Quasi moderato - Federico Mompou & Dmitry Paperno (3:17)
    Composed byFederico Mompou
  12. 12 Midsummer Nocturne, for piano - Aaron Copland & Ramon Salvatore (1:56)
    Composed byAaron Copland
  13. 13 Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major: Adagio - Chevalier Meude-Monpas & Daniel Hege (5:50)
    Composed byChevalier Meude-Monpas
    Conducted byDaniel Hege
    Performed byDaniel Hege, Encore Chamber Orchestra
  14. 14 Generations: Sinfonietta No. 2 for strings: Alla sarabande - Chicago Sinfonietta & Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (5:38)
    Composed byColeridge-Taylor Perkinson
    Conducted byPaul Freeman
    Performed byChicago Sinfonietta, Paul Freeman
  15. 15 Suite for string trio: Dialogue - Alexandre Tansman & Chicago Chamber Musicians (2:09)
    Composed byAlexandre Tansman
  16. 16 African Suite, for string orchestra: Nostalgia - Chicago Sinfonietta & Fela Sowande (4:17)
    Composed byFela Sowande
    Conducted byPaul Freeman
    Performed byChicago Sinfonietta, Paul Freeman
  17. 17 Motets (3) for chorus, Op. 38: Beati Quorum - Charles Villiers Stanford & Anne Heider (3:38)
    Composed byCharles Villiers Stanford
  18. 18 French Suite, for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 (BC L23): Sarabande - Johann Sebastian Bach & Dmitry Paperno (5:17)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
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