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Re:Imagined: Schumann & Beethoven / Bailey, Ying Quartet


Release Date: 08/26/2016 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92204   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert SchumannLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Zuill Bailey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Two classical masterworks arranged for Cello Quintet. The Ying Quartet and Zuill Bailey have been collaborating for years to bring listeners the popular standards. With this release, they hope to explore repertoire beyond the common and reimagine works as their own. This release includes a world-premiere recording of the Schumann arrangement, Cello Concerto in A Minor. Two classical masterworks arranged for Cello Quintet. The Ying Quartet and Zuill Bailey have been collaborating for years to bring listeners the popular standards. With this release, they hope to explore repertoire beyond the common and reimagine works as their own. This release includes a world-premiere recording of the Schumann arrangement, Cello Concerto in A Minor. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Zuill Bailey (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Notes: Arranged by Zuill Bailey & Ying Quartet for Cello Quintet 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Zuill Bailey (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arranged for Cello Quintet 

Customer Reviews

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 Less is more August 26, 2016 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "During a career filled with as many failures as triumphs, and a life with an equal measure of pain and delight, Robert Schumann often seemed to be swimming against the flow. While the great virtuoso composers like Liszt and Paganini were creating a new concerto paradigm of the hero (soloist) fighting against the world (orchestra), Schumann in 1850 wrote his cello concerto as a "Concert piece for cello with orchestral accompaniment." This more organic, integrated music never caught on during his lifetime, and it wasn't until well into the 20th century that it became part of the standard cello concerto repertoire. Schumann himself suggested a chamber version of the piece, though he never had a chance to make it happen. The idea of illuminating the inner structures and meaning and the outer textures of an orchestral work by subtraction has a long and honourable tradition. Liszt's own transcriptions of Beethoven's Symphonies for solo piano were like virtuoso x-rays. Meanwhile, Hummel's chamber reductions of Mozart's Piano Concertos were designed to bring the music from the concert hall to the middle class music rooms of Germany. In those days such reductions were often a strategy to build markets and sell sheet music. In his own reduction Schumann would have been mainly interested, I think, in exploring interesting musical issues relating to orchestral vs. chamber music textures and colours. In their outstanding version on this new Sono Luminus disc, Zuill Bailey, the Ying Quartet and Julliard composer Philip Lasser, do just that. This outstanding collaboration seems to have been similar to a big band jazz arrangement: Lasser provided the basic charts, and the performers worked out a final performing version following significant give-and-take, and, I'm sure, some improvisation. This is an completely successful project: I've listened to this piece often in the past week or so, and it convinces me completely. It doesn't make one forget the orchestral version, but I rate it very close as a separate work. Meanwhile, the Beethoven arrangement (an anonymous one from not too long after Beethoven's death) opens up the Kreutzer Sonata to emphasize its implicit concertante nature. This is a very interesting experiment, but it's not at the level of the Schumann. Still, there's no denying the fun in listening, which comes partially, I think, from the obvious fun these musicians are having as they play with each other." Report Abuse
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