25% off Alla Zingarese
On Friday this week (August 17), we launch Cedille’s latest album: Alla Zingarese (our CD of the Week, 25% OFF this week only) marks the recording debut of Chicago’s esteemed Civitas Ensemble (comprised of three members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra plus the head of the piano program at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts). The album is also the Cedille debut of world-renowned Czech violinist Pavel Šporcl and his Gipsy Way Ensemble (violin, viola, bass, and cimbalom). Together, the two groups offer a program where classical and Romani folk music meet through original compositions and Gypsy-themed classical favorites, including several new arrangements made specially for these ensembles. To give a sense of the infectious joy of this music, our free download of the week is Romanian composer Georges Boulanger’s (1893–1958) Sérénade Tzigane as arranged for the two ensembles by contemporary Czech composer Lucás Sommer.
In honor of this latest artist debut (Civitas Ensmble), Cedille’s monthly Spotify playlist for August is devoted to some of the many (over 70!) Chicago soloists, ensembles, conductors, and composers whose first professionally produced, commercially released album (or album appearance) was on Cedille Records (including Eighth Blackbird, the Pacifica Quartet, the Grant Park Orchestra, and clarinetist Anthony McGill, to name a few). I hope you’ll check it out.
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