Saturday, December 5, 2009 'Happy 20th Birthday, Cedille (as in “say-dee”) Records'

[Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th & 19th Centuries; Rachel Barton, Violin; Encore Chamber Orchestra; Daniel Hege, Conductor; Cedille 90000 035 (1997)]

AfriClassical joins in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cedille, which brought not only an “African Heritage Symphonic Series” by the Chicago Sinfonietta and Dr. Paul Freeman, conductor, in three volumes, but the first U.S. CD of music by Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Rachel Barton Pine's landmark “Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries”, with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra led by Daniel Hege, conductor, Cedille 90000 035 (1997). All four discs are featured at
Posted by Jerry Bowles
“Our friends at Cedille Records, the Grammy Award-winning, Chicago-based classical record label, are about to embark on their 20th year. Launched two decades ago in a student apartment on Chicago’s South Side by James Ginsburg, then 24, son of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is a pretty prominent lawyer in Washington, DC, Cedille (that’s say-DEE to you) made its debut in November 1989 with its first CD release, a program of solo piano pieces performed by Chicago-based Soviet emigre pianist Dmitry Paperno.”

“Since then, Cedille’s catalog, which features world-class musicians in and from the Chicago area, has grown and diversified, while attracting critical accolades, an international clientele, and praise from its artists. Cedille has 115 principal CD titles ranging from solo keyboard works to complete symphonies and operas. These include world-premiere recordings and CD premieres of important compositions, plus the commercial recording debuts of some celebrated artists.”

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