20Jul

Last week, I had the pleasure of getting to observe and interview clarinetist John Bruce Yeh and composer Jim Stephenson at a recording session at the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts. The project they were working on was an interesting one; John is recording all of Jim's major works that feature the clarinet, including his Liquid Melancholy concerto (recorded with the Lake Forest Symphony), several solo pieces for clarinet and piano, and two chamber works with some of John's colleagues from Chicago Pro Musica.  Read More >

30Jun

For July, we've compiled all of our favorite tracks about summer - music about sun, heat, birds, bees, flowers, etc. - all into one seasonal playlist. Featured composers and performers include John Corigliano, Stacy Garrop, Aaron Copland, Leo Sowerby, the Grant Park Orchestra, Patrice Michaels, Dmitry Paperno, Jennifer Koh, the Gaudete Brass Quintet, Jorge Federico Osorio and more. Happy listening! Read More >

June is African-American Music Appreciation Month (fka Black Music Month). We celebrate with a playlist by African, African-American, and other African descended composers. Featured artists and composers include the Chicago Sinfonietta, Rachel Barton Pine, Chicago a cappella, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Sanford Allen, and more. Happy listening! Read More >

This edition of Take 5 features an interview with pianist Jorge Federico OsorioInternationally acclaimed for his superb musicianship, powerful technique, vibrant imagination, and deep passion, he is hailed as “one of the more elegant and accomplished pianists on the planet” (Los Angeles Times). He has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México; the Israel, Warsaw, and Royal Philharmonics; the Moscow State Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de France, Philharmonia Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra. A prolific recording artist, Osorio has documented a wide variety of repertoire. Osorio’s acclaimed solo recordings on Cedille Records include Salón Mexicano, comprising music of Mexican composers Manuel M. Ponce, Filipe Villanueva, Ricardo Castro, and José Rolón; an entire disc devoted to music of Ponce; a 2-CD set of Debussy and Liszt; and Piano Español, a collection of works by Albéniz, Falla, Granados, and Soler that received glowing reviews internationally and marked Osorio as one of the world’s great interpreters of Spanish piano music. His next album "Final Thoughts - The Last Piano Works of Schubert & Brahms" will be released this week on May 12. Read More >

In May we release Jorge Federico Osorio's new album of Schubert and Brahms, so our playlist features music by (or about) Brahms and Schubert, and performances by Osorio. Read More >

For April: two dozen tracks on the themes of spring, creation, and renewal. Read More >

March 2017 brings a new album from the amazing Pacifica Quartet, featuring music by Brahms and Schumann. We celebrate with an all-Pacifica playlist featuring two tracks from each of their previous nine albums for Cedille Records.  Read More >

February 2017 brings a new album from Chicago's Gaudete Brass celebrating American composer John Corigliano: "sevenfive — The John Corigliano Effect" (street date Feb. 10). Our monthly playlist alternates tracks by Corigliano with tracks from Gaudete's Cedille debut album, "Chicago Moves." Also featured are tracks from "Winging It: Piano Music of John Corigliano," recorded by Ursula Oppens and Jerome Lowenthal, and "American Orchestral Works" recorded by Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra. Read More >

This edition of Take 5 features an interview with the Gaudete Brass QuintetFounded in 2004, Gaudete Brass is devoted to presenting serious brass chamber music at the highest level of excellence. They have expanded the brass quintet repertoire by commissioning works from noted composers including David Sampson, John Cheetham, Jan Bach, Rob Deemer, and Stacy Garrop, and by working with emerging young artists through programs such as the advanced composition course at Columbia College-Chicago and the composition program at Roosevelt University. The ensemble is also dedicated to historically informed performances of Renaissance music, creating and performing its own editions of these works. Their newest Cedille album "sevenfive — The John Corigliano Effectbrings a fresh perspective to music of the American composer and his protégés and includes world-premiere recordings of his groundbreaking Fanfares to Music for on- and off-stage brass choirs, his stately Antiphon for double brass quintet, and a new arrangement of the Rossini-esque Overture from his popular Gazebo Dances. "sevenfive" will be released on February 10, but is currently available for preorder on CedilleRecords.org. Read More >

For the start of a new year, we turn to the label’s roots. Many of Cedille's earliest recordings featured solo piano, so our January Spotify playlist includes one selection from each of our albums that include solo piano tracks, presented in chronological order of release (including tracks from 6 of our first 10 discs). Happy listening, and a Happy New Year! Read More >

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