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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: 222,275

Tracks

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