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Cedille Chicago is dedicated to producing classical recordings of the highest quality featuring outstanding musicians from Chicago. Our purpose is to enhance the world's catalog of recorded music by exploring new and under-represented compositions and documenting important interpretations of standard repertoire. The extensive dissemination of these recordings is designed to bring these artists to a worldwide audience, thus enhancing their reputations and careers, and to benefit as great a listening public as possible.

History
In 1989, James Ginsburg founded Cedille Records, a recording company dedicated to making distinctive classical recordings featuring excellent Chicago-area musicians. Mr. Ginsburg's vision for Cedille was to record local musicians performing important music overlooked by the major labels. After listening to tapes of pianist Dmitry Paperno's on-air performances at 98.7 WFMT, Chicago's classical music station, Jim Ginsburg actively and persuasively lobbied Paperno to record Cedille Records' first album. The resulting project, Dmitry Paperno Plays Russian Piano Music, garnered favorable reviews from numerous critics.

Cedille Records immediately filled an important niche as the only Chicago-based classical label and first since Mercury Living Presence in the 1950s.

In 1994, Cedille Records became a not-for-profit record label under the umbrella of an operating foundation, now named Cedille Chicago. This change in structure gives Cedille Records the capacity to produce more noteworthy recordings and pursue larger and more ambitious projects.

Rachel Barton Pine's CD of Handel violin sonatas in 1997 marked her Cedille debut and the beginning of a fruitful, long-term collaboration between Pine and Cedille. The Handel sonatas CD is one of the label's all-time best-selling CDs.

New music sextet eighth blackbird made its commercial recording debut with thirteen ways in 2003. They have since recorded five more CDs with Cedille, and have won Grammy awards for Best Chamber Music and/or Small Ensemble Performance for their last three Cedille albums.

In 2005, Cedille began supplying digital downloads to online retailers and began selling downloads directly to the public from its own Web site in 2008.

To this day, Cedille sustains its core vision, rarely recording mainstream classical masterworks, and only in the context of original programs by artists who have enlightening and distinctive interpretations. Cedille enters into agreements with artists on a project-by-project basis. Recording projects are artist driven; Cedille helps the artist refine the concept, making it a more valuable contribution to the artist's discography and the wider catalog of recorded music, as well as of greater interest to the listening public.

Our Future
With our mission of widely disseminating recordings in mind, Cedille Chicago invests heavily in marketing and promotion of the recordings. Sales cover only a small fraction of our expenses. We rely on the generous contributions of classical music lovers to support the rest.

For more than two decades, Cedille has worked tirelessly to fulfill its mission. Once a recording is in print, it will remain perpetually available. Unlike other record labels, we never delete recordings from our catalog. Each CD is intended as a permanent addition to the world's catalog of classical music.

With your support, we will continue recording and producing classical recordings of the highest quality featuring outstanding musicians from Chicago. Please consider donating today.

About Cedille Chicago
Cedille Chicago is dedicated to producing classical recordings of the highest quality featuring outstanding musicians from Chicago. Our purpose is to enhance the world's catalog of recorded music by exploring new and under-represented compositions and documenting important interpretations of standard repertoire. The extensive dissemination of these recordings is designed to bring these artists to a new worldwide audience, thus enhancing their reputations and careers, and to benefit as great a listening public as possible.

Steve Robinson explains the impetus for 'Cedille Chicago Presents'
Crossover Media Projects:
Rachel Barton Pine : Blues Dialogues - Music by Black Composers
Patrice Michaels | Kuang-Hao Huang : Notorious RBG In Song
Jorge Federico Osorio : Final Thoughts
Jennifer Koh : Tchaikovsky-Complete Works for Violin & Orchestra
Rachel Barton Pine : Mendelssohn & Schumann Violin Concertos
Rachel Barton Pine : Violin Lullabies