We're excited to release the McGill/McHale Trio's debut album on August 11! Flutist Demarre McGill, his brother and clarinetist Anthony McGill, and pianist Michael McHale come together to bring you Portraits — Works for Flute, Clarinet & Piano. The album features several world premiere recordings, including Valerie Coleman's "Portraits of Langston" with narrations by Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali. Our playlist this month was co-curated with Anthony and highlights a few of his favorite recordings of himself and his trio mates, along with some of our most popular tracks featuring the flute and clarinet. Stay tuned on release day for new tracks from Portraits, and follow us on Spotify to keep up with all of our exciting new playlists. Happy listening! Read More >

24Jul

This edition of Take 5 features an interview with Anthony McGill and Michael McHale of the McGill/McHale Trio. The trio was founded in September 2014 when clarinetist Anthony McGill and his brother, flutist Demarre McGill, were featured artists in a residency at Bowling Green University in Ohio. While there, pianist Michael McHale joined them in concert for the first time, and it was immediately clear that the trio would have a great future making music together. The ensemble makes its recording debut with "Portraits — Works for Flute, Clarinet & Piano," featuring world-premiere recordings of new compositions and arrangements for this captivating combination of instruments. The “title track,” Valerie Coleman’s "Portraits of Langston," is a six-movement suite inspired by Langston Hughes’s poetry. Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) reads a Hughes poem before each movement. "Portraits" is currently available for pre-order; all downloads & CDs ship August 11. Read More >

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 >

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