On sale now is a selection of wonderful titles, featured below, from one of our favorite labels here at ArkivMusic, Chicago's own Cedille Records. Showcasing composers and performers, past and present, from the Windy City and beyond, as well as genres from Baroque to Modern, their superbly engineered recordings should be a part of any serious music collection.
(Sale ends at midnight ET, 8/3/21.)
Versatile keyboard virtuoso David Schrader plays four of Sowerby’s “greatest hits” for organ, including the monumental Symphony in G major, as well as eight Frank Ferko compositions, all world-premiere recordings.
Working together most impressively, the trio approach both pieces with elan, zeal, and sympathy. If you are up for well composed and well played works from the recent past yet unmistakably belonging to that time, then you’ll find it worthwhile.
The solo piano Fantasy is just that, an imaginative fantasia piece that moves in unexpected directions at the composer’s whim. These performances, all first recordings, are all excellent, which helps us to appreciate Kaminsky’s sound world. Highly recommended.
None of the pieces directly uses material from African American spirituals, but one of the many strengths of Liverman’s readings is that he catches the inflections from spirituals that populate many of these songs and add to their power.
Throughout these first-rate performances, Koh takes her time, yet is fully capable of exploding into an energetic fury of bow and fingers that leaves you impressed with both the violin and Koh’s command of its unique voice and power.
What appears to be a hodgepodge of French pieces actually emerges as a carefully crafted, enjoyable, and well-put-together program. He brings a strong rhythmic profile and dry-point clarity to works dominated by rapid passagework such as Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso.
This showcase of three Pulitzer-winning composers is utterly remarkable. The disc exemplifies many aspects of how contemporary music should be presented so it can shine: superb recording standards, expert annotation, and performances of a high standard.
L’Unique presents all the wit and melancholy of Vinikour’s distinctive interpretations of Couperin's sixth, seventh, and eighth suites. The recording places the instrument in a really lifelike perspective.
This is serious music that bristles and singes and sings. The Black Oak Ensemble are ideal advocates for this music. Thanks to such insightful, committed, and masterful performances, those composers, though dead, are still speaking.
The Chicago Youth Orchestra are impressive for their age. The McGill brothers charge forward with a dynamic and indefatigable zest that is captivating and even exciting to hear. It is one of those couplings where everything works together. Definitely recommended.
Violist Matthew Lipman and his pianist partner Henry Kramer deliver a thoroughly entertaining, continuously engaging recital, an expertly programmed mix of mostly 20th century works that both demand and reward repeated hearing.
It goes without saying that Hampson's singing is gorgeous, and he is ably backed by Chicago pianist Kuang-Hao Huang. An excellent slice of little-known American art song.
Patrice Michaels receives ideally sensitive support from pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, while Cedille’s engineering, as usual, is first class. The final impression that emerges is a portrait of a family as much as of an individual — a very remarkable family indeed.
Menahem Pressler was 91 when he recorded the Brahms Piano Quintet for the first time in 2014. He’s clearly up to the task. There’s purpose and meaning in every phrase, every gesture, and every nuance on Pressler’s part.
This recording is infused with gorgeous, evocative melodies, soulful and plaintive laments, lyrical flights of fancy, sultry twists on the tango, startling percussive passages, and an exhilarating energy. Wholeheartedly recommended.
This is a well-rounded presentation of western European Baroque music, inclusive of the era's celebrated composers and those of less renown. The consistency and high quality of the playing can be attributed to the player's long-term collaboration.