The internationally celebrated, Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet joins forces with legendary pianist Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio for Johannes Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34, a pillar of German Romanticism that opens with one of the most recognizable melodies in classical music. Pressler, a consummate chamber artist, performs the virtuosic piano part with a clarity and transparency that makes the piano seem like a fellow member of the string ensemble.
The Dover Quartet, “the young American string quartet of the moment” (The New Yorker), makes its recording debutwith an all-Mozart album on Cedille Records honoring the soaring young ensemble’s illustrious teachers and coaches,the Guarneri Quartet.
The seductively charming sound of the Baroque-era viola d’amore takes center stage in this new, all-Vivaldi recording with Billboard classical chart-topping violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the veteran Chicago-based period instrument ensemble Ars Antigua, making its Cedille label debut.
The Avalon String Quartet, makes its Cedille Records debut with an irresistible and richly varied program of captivating works by Claude Debussy, Benjamin Britten, Osvaldo Golijov, and rising American composer Stacy Garrop.
The dynamic, Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s superstar principal clarinetist Anthony McGill join forces for the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms
— widely considered the greatest chamber works for this combination of instruments.
Billboard chart-topping violinist Rachel Barton Pine joins forces with Germany's distinguished Göttinger Symphonie Orchester and its acclaimed principal conductor, Christoph-Mathias Mueller, to present Mendelssohn's celebrated violin concerto alongside the great, though lesser-known, concerto by Robert Schumann, plus Beethoven's elegant Romances for violin and orchestra.
On Haydn & Mysliveček Cello Concertos, American cellist Wendy Warner, a protégé of Mstislav Rostropovich, and Camerata Chicago, conducted by its British-born founder, Drostan Hall, present Franz Joesph Haydn’s essential C Major and D Major Cello Concertos.
The recently launched Beethoven Project Trio makes its CD debut with the world premiere recording of Beethoven’s recently rediscovered Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, Hess 47, plus two more rarely-heard Beethoven piano trios.
On Beethoven & Clement Violin Concertos, American violinist Rachel Barton Pine ("a magnetically imaginative artist" --Gramophone), with Jose Serebrier and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, presents the world premiere recording of the exquisite 1805 Violin Concerto in D Major by Franz Clement -- the Viennese virtuoso for whom Beethoven wrote his own concerto a year later. Recently rescued from obscurity by enterprising British musicologist Clive Brown, this delightful work offers new insights into the Beethoven: according to Brown, "Individual figurations in Beethoven's Violin Concerto . . . appear to allude directly to passages in Clement's concerto."
Acclaimed soprano Patrice Michaels evokes the leading prima donnas of classical-period Vienna by singing pieces tailored to their talents by Mozart and fellow composers Salieri, Martin y Soler, Cimarosa, Righini, and Stephen Storace.
Combine Schubert's gift of melody with Beethoven's flair for drama, and you have the music of their respected friend and colleague -- the Bohemian composer Jan Václav Hugo Vorísek. Unlike his better-known contemporaries, Vorísek (pronounced VORH-zheh-shek) composed few large-scale works in his tragically short lifetime (1791-1825), but what gems they are. His exquisite Mass in B-flat Major is a perfectly proportioned Classical masterpiece in the tradition of the great masses of Haydn and Mozart. Surprisingly, this new CD is the only readily available recording. Vorísek's only symphony, the Symphony in D Major, is "a work of impressive confidence and command, firmly constructed and colourfully scored" (Gramophone). If you love the great Viennese classicists, you'll adore Vorísek.
While the classical era is synonymous with Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, soprano Patrice Michaels's Songs of the Classical Age illuminates a host of other composers of the Age of Enlightenment, along with less-familiar works by the aforementioned titans.
This CD of oboe concertos breathes fresh life into music of two classical-era composers whose reputations once rivaled those of their contemporaries, Mozart and Beethoven. Alex Klein, principle oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performs works for oboe and orchestra by Bohemian Franz Krommer (1759-1831) and Bratislava-born Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837). "Their music proves that the story of the classical era doesn't end with the 'Big Four' -- Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert," Cedille producer Jim Ginsburg says.
Say "classical music," and most people think of names like Mozart.
Cedille Records want the world to know about two of Mozart's less-familiar contemporaries, Chevalier J.J.O. de Meude-Monpas and Chevalier de Saint-Georges, as well as later composers Joseph White and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. All were men of mixed African and European descent who made important contributions to European music in the 1700s and 1800s. Celebrities in their day, they've been all but forgotten in our era.
Padre Antonio Soler's six quintets for harpsichord and string quartet are post-Baroque masterstrokes, blending Baroque and early Classical styles with a savory seasoning of Spanish folk music.
Captivating and quirky, the quintets for keyboard and strings of Spanish composer Padre Antonio Soler were rare, even in the heyday of LP recordings. Now they are available for the first time on compact disc.
David Schrader concludes his selective, two-part survey of Antonio Soler's imaginative harpsichord sonatas with a CD of witty pieces that elicit smiles and others that bring to mind a wealth of instrumental timbres, most notably Spanish guitar and baroque trumpet flourishes.
Pianist Dmitry Paperno, a musician's musician who shuns the limelight, returned to the recording studio after a decade-long absence to record this debut release for Cedille Records.
High-Energy Tracks from Chicago’s Classical Record Label Cedille Records presents a disc of high-energy selections from our 100+ CD catalog, ideal for keeping you "on the move," whether walking, running, biking, driving, exercising, or just enjoying the music’s rhythmic drive. The tracks run the gamut from a Vivaldi flute concerto, to symphonic works by late-Classical era composers from Bohemia (Franz Krommer and Jan Vaclav Hugo Vorísek), to (later) 19th century concertos and chamber works, to seven selections by contemporary or very recent composers. All feature propulsive rhythmic energy designed to keep the music (and you) "on the move."
The program includes "Monicas Waltz" from Menottis The Medium; a Vivaldi cantata; a Lully divertissement; and songs by Haydn, Colbran, Dalayrac, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky, Delibes, Fauré, Honegger, Argento, Vaughan Williams, and Lili Boulanger.
The program includes works for harpsichord by Bach, Lully (arr. d'Anglebert), and Soler; organ pieces by Bach and Franck; two Scarlatti sonatas performed on fortepiano; and chamber works by Soler and Ilja Hurník.
The program includes Bach/Busoni: Chaconne in D minor; Haydn: Sonata No. 20 in C mi (1st mvt.); Chopin: Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49; Albeniz: Cordoba, Op. 232, No. 4; Scriabin: "Sonata-Fantasy" (1st mvt.); Medtner: Canzona Serenata, Op. 38, No. 6; and seven other works.