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Bach, Beethoven, Et Al: Works For Cello / Zuill Bailey, Simone Dinnerstein

Release Date: 03/18/2003 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3326   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  François FrancoeurLudwig van BeethovenFelix MendelssohnFrédéric Chopin,   ... 
Performer:  Zuill BaileySimone Dinnerstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is certainly an impressive solo disc from the young US cellist Zuill Bailey, an alumnus of Peabody and Juilliard and director, it says here, of the El Paso Pro Musica. (Not quite a ‘debut’ release as billed, since he has already featured on ASV’s recording of Korngold’s Cello Concerto, reviewed last month.) This is playing of strong character and sometimes blistering bravura – I’d recommend his magisterial account of the Chopin Introduction and Polonaise to anyone. But there’s plenty of subtlety and inwardness, too. Bailey’s supple phrasing and sensitive projection of line and mood in the Bach First Suite make this one of the most poetic accounts currently available, and the elegance and rhythmic point he brings to its final Gigue – as Read more also to the faster movements of the delightful Francoeur Sonata – mark out his virtuosity as of the aristocratic kind. The Beethoven and Mendelssohn variations are excellently characterised, and here, as in most of the programme, Bailey is ably partnered by Simone Dinnerstein – a Peter Serkin pupil, and clearly a gifted artist in her own right. Bailey’s own cello transcription of a real rarity, Vieuxtemps’s Souvenir d’Amérique, clearly serves him well as an amusing encore (it’s a fantasy on ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’) and makes an appropriate conclusion to a really enjoyable disc.

-- Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Cello and Harpsichord in E major by François Francoeur
Performer:  Zuill Bailey (Cello), Simone Dinnerstein (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Zuill Bailey (Cello), Simone Dinnerstein (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Variations Concertantes for Cello and Piano, Op. 17 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Zuill Bailey (Cello), Simone Dinnerstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Simone Dinnerstein (Piano), Zuill Bailey (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
Souvenir d'Amerique on "Yankee Doodle", Op. 17 by Henri Vieuxtemps
Performer:  Zuill Bailey (Cello), Simone Dinnerstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Zuill Bailey (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 

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