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Cedille Records Turns 20

Rave Reviews . . . from the Label’s Artists

Here are excerpts from letters Cedille Records founder James Ginsburg has received from artists, ensembles, and composers:

“The time and dedication you’ve put in to make this wonderful recording is really extraordinary. I have never worked with as tireless, meticulous, dedicated, and quality-driven a producer.” — Aaron Jay Kernis, composer, on Symphony in Waves: Music of Aaron Jay Kernis, with the Grant Park Orchestra, conducted by Carlos Kalmar.

“Cedille has been a wonderful partner in helping the [Chicago] Sinfonietta to promote our mission of diversity and inclusiveness in classical music and has consistently supported our efforts to grow the audiences.” — James Hirsch, executive director, Chicago Sinfonietta.

“To work with Cedille Records has been a joy. Small company, excellent producers and technicians always aiming at the highest quality . . . everything is done as a collaborative effort.” — Carlos Kalmar, principal conductor, Grant Park Music Festival.

“I am grateful to Jim Ginsburg, mastermind of Cedille, who from the very beginning formed a company with the greatest musical and fiscal integrity to promote the work of musicians who are based mainly in the Chicago area. Many of these artists have flourishing international careers now, in great part due to the widely distributed and well-promoted, excellent quality recordings made by Cedille.” — John Bruce Yeh, acting principal clarinetist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

“Beginning with my first recording for Cedille Records, and all along the way through my eighteenth, I have been impressed with the quality of the recordings — their sound is true, and their presentation is original. Cedille Records does an invaluable service to its artists in giving us an audience cachet, as it were, outside of our customary performance venues.” — David Schrader, keyboard artist

“Cedille Records can be credited with furthering not only our names but with creating new interest in the two-piano medium.” — Georgia & Louise Mangos, duo pianists.

“Cedille Records is an invaluable part of my musical mission.” — Jennifer Koh, violinist

“The CDs we’ve done for Cedille Records are among the most popular, not only with our chamber music audience but with the general public as well.” — Richard Young, violist, Vermeer Quartet

“It is with great pleasure that I write to thank you and The Chicago Classical Recording Foundation for your critical role in the transformation of the recording of modern Jewish music.” — Philip V. Bohlman, artistic director, New Budapest Orpheum Society.

“Nothing compares to the satisfaction we had working with Cedille Records. Cedille always treated us as a true partner and valued our opinions and advice. The quality of the recorded sound, the materials they have prepared . . . and the scope of their promotion for the completed product has been nothing short of extraordinary.” — John Vorrasi, co-founder, artistic and executive director, William Ferris Chorale

“The prestige of having a recording on the Cedille label was a huge boost to our own marketing efforts, and because of Cedille’s extensive promotional efforts, we gained wider visibility on a national level than we had ever previously achieved.” — Matt Greenberg, executive director, Chicago a cappella

“Jim Ginsburg has a keen sense for recognizing and suggesting unique recording projects. He also worked with great insight during the sessions, helping us achieve the highest artistic result. Cedille Records did an amazing job of promoting our CD, and we received many very important and positive reviews from publications around the world.” — Kathryne Pirtle, clarinetist and executive director, Orion Ensemble

“The opportunity to make the world-premiere recording of Robert Kurka’s American classic of an opera, The Good Soldier Schweik, has unquestionably helped me professionally and advanced the cause of my company, Chicago Opera Theater.” — Alexander Platt, resident conductor, Chicago Opera Theater.

“The professionalism and high quality of Cedille’s products have earned my recordings many wonderful reviews, and experts in my field consider my recordings with Cedille to be among the best-recorded oboe releases ever.” — Alex Klein, former principal oboist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.