Fifth House Ensemble makes its Cedille debut with music by contemporary American composers. Works include Excelsior, a newly commissioned piece by Caleb Burhans; Air by emerging composer Jesse Limbacher; Perpetual Spark by Washington-based composer Alex Shapiro; and Red River by Mason Bates, Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. All works besides Red River will be world premiere recordings.
INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song
Soprano Patrice Michaels teams up with pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, violinist Zach Broch, and cellist Nicholas Photinos to perform new commissions and rarely heard music exploring the relationships between jazz and classical song. This project was partially funded by Cedille’s second successful Kickstarter campaign, drawing support from nearly 200 individual donors.
Turina: Chamber Music for Strings and Piano
The Lincoln Trio explores early 20th-century Spanish composer Joaquín Turina’s complete chamber works for (multiple) strings and piano, joined by Jasmine Lin, Aurelien Pederzoli, and Doyle Armbrust, violins and Ayane Kozasa, viola. A contemporary of Manuel de Falla and greatly influenced by Isaac Albéniz, Turina’s music inhabits a small but important niche in the classical chamber repertory inspired by the Andalusia region of Spain.
As Dreams Fall Apart —The Golden Age of Jewish Stage and Film Music, 1925–1955
Resident ensemble of the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago, the New Budapest Orpheum Society is hailed for its interpretations of Jewish Cabaret music and political songs from the turn of the 20th century to the present. This project explores the first 30 years of film which were critically influenced by the traditions of Jewish Cabaret and provided the musical mise-en-scène of Jewish history during the critical moments of exile, Holocaust, and revival.
Bach & Beyond Part 2
Violinist Jennifer Koh continues her Bach & Beyond three-part CD series based on her groundbreaking, multi-season “Bach and Beyond” recital series. Ms. Koh illuminates connections between J.S. Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin and 20th- and 21st-century works, including pieces commissioned expressly for Koh and her Bach and Beyond project. Part 2 includes a new commission from Phil Kline titled Dead Reckoning.
Overtures by Maurice Greene
Baroque Band, Chicago’s period instrument orchestra, illuminates works by the under-appreciated 18th century English composer Maurice Greene with lively and impassioned performances.
Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio puts his distinctive artistic stamp and forceful technique on works by leading Russian composers, including Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Prokofiev’s wartime Piano Sonata No. 6, and Shostakovich’s powerful Prelude & Fugue No. 24.