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Bach Cello Suites

Zuill Bailey Audio CD
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ZUILL BAILEY is widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry, and engaging personality, have secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today.

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  • Performer: Zuill Bailey
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (5 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Telarc Classical
  • ASIN: B0030GBSVQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Listen  1. Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. PreludeZuill Bailey [Artist] 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: II. AllemandeZuill Bailey [Artist] 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: III. CouranteZuill Bailey [Artist] 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: IV. SarabandeZuill Bailey [Artist] 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: V. MinuetZuill Bailey [Artist] 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: VI. GigueZuill Bailey [Artist] 1:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: I. PreludeZuill Bailey [Artist] 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: II. AllemandeZuill Bailey [Artist] 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: III. CouranteZuill Bailey [Artist] 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: IV. SarabandeZuill Bailey [Artist] 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: V. BourréeZuill Bailey [Artist] 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: VI. GigueZuill Bailey [Artist] 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: I. PreludeZuill Bailey [Artist] 6:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: II. AllemandeZuill Bailey [Artist] 5:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: III. CouranteZuill Bailey [Artist] 2:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: IV. SarabandeZuill Bailey [Artist] 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: V. GavotteZuill Bailey [Artist] 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: VI. GigueZuill Bailey [Artist] 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: I. PreludeZuill Bailey [Artist] 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: II. AllemandeZuill Bailey [Artist] 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: III. CouranteZuill Bailey [Artist] 1:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: IV. SarabandeZuill Bailey [Artist] 5:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: V. MinuetZuill Bailey [Artist] 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: VI. GigueZuill Bailey [Artist] 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010: I. PreludeZuill Bailey [Artist] 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010: II. AllemandeZuill Bailey [Artist] 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010: III. CouranteZuill Bailey [Artist] 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010: IV. SarabandeZuill Bailey [Artist] 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010: V. BourréeZuill Bailey [Artist] 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010: VI. GigueZuill Bailey [Artist] 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: I. PreludeZuill Bailey [Artist] 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: II. AllemandeZuill Bailey [Artist]10:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: III. CouranteZuill Bailey [Artist] 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: IV. SarabandeZuill Bailey [Artist] 5:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: V. GavotteZuill Bailey [Artist] 4:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: VI. GigueZuill Bailey [Artist] 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Zuill Bailey made his Telarc debut with 'Russian Masterpieces for Cello' early in 2009, a disc which featured music by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. With this new release he gives his own interpretation to the works that most cellists, including Bailey himself, consider to be the pinnacle of their repertoire, the Six Cello Suites of J.S. Bach.

The first surviving manuscripts of Bach's Cello Suites date from the middle and late 1720s. Unfortunately they disappeared from public view during the decades after his death, and it was not until the early 20th century that the legendary Pablo Casals brought these great works to the attention of a wider audience. They are now firmly established as masterpieces in their own right and as keystone works for solo cello. Towards the end of last year Zuill Bailey joined pianist Simone Dinnerstein in a recording of Beethoven's Complete Works for Piano and Cello. The highly influential music magazine International Piano called the set "one of the finest currently available".


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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A master's presentation 21 Oct 2010
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This is brilliant, touching and technically perfect. A new favourite! ( After listening at these suites for forty years, played by Casals, Rostropovitch, du Pré and others).
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5.0 out of 5 stars He's found the joy in this music 23 Feb 2010
By Dennis Witmer - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this CD yesterday (2/21/10), after watching Zuill Bailey at a concert in Fairbanks--his performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto was stunning with the orchestra; alive, precise, engaged--and then for his encore, he played two of the movements from the Bach Cello suites--he captured the audience with his music. My son is a young cellist, and someone rigged the seating arrangements so we had a front row seat to watch him perform--and it was a theatrical performance--his body language and his breathing both seemed at times over the top, almost as if they might overshadow the music. But somehow he came down on the right side of the line--he convinced me that his performance was based on an understanding of the music--an honest attempt to express the feelings of the music with the audience. At the end of his second encore he held the last note for what seemed like an eternity, that faded into a silence that lasted for perhaps twenty seconds (my son told me today he counted to 20...)

I've been listening to the CD almost continuously since I got home from the concert--the music is familiar--I've owned the Rostropovich double CD of the Bach Suites since it's release--but I always found his interpretation to be mournful, full of Russian sadness. When the Berlin wall fell and I heard that Rostropovich sat by the checkpoint playing the Bach Cello Suites "because of the joy" I wondered what he was talking about. But Bailey shows that Rostropovich was right--this is music of joy, and Bailey is out to prove it. And I'm happy to listen to his proof...
31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath taking 9 Mar 2010
By Eric Gross - Published on Amazon.com
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I've listened to these suites for more years than I would care to admit, yet I have never heard a performance of them with the life, feeling, and depth of these by Bailey. Prior to purchasing these, I had never heard of him. His interpretation of these works emphasizes the great sweep of melody and energy of what are, truly, dances, and yet in the sarabandes they whisper with such incredible subtlety and magic, without making them bland through over-refinement. I have owned the Yo-Yo Ma, Isserlis, Fournier, Starker, and Bylsma performances and none of them have the commanding power of Bailey's. I've also listen to one of the Casals recordings and while it was this recording which first introduced these works to me, the age of the sound has become a detriment. If you love this music check out the samples, I hope you can hear them as I have.
One proviso, my love for this recording has had the unfortunate consequence of my listening to my hundreds of other classical disks far less frequently. Could this performance be too good?
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Bach by Bailey 6 Jun 2010
By Roberta B. Rinehart - Published on Amazon.com
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Zuill Bailey's handprint on these Suites brings the music to life, and his attention to every note and nuance demonstrates an understanding of the emotional appeal of Bach. From the popular Prelude to the First Suite, to the sensual Sarabande of the Fifth Suite, Bailey's technique, artistry and finesse makes this recording one to remember and one to keep close by.

Bailey not only touched hearts, but minds in his thoughtful discussion of Bach's music and his experiences in his recent interview on NPR's Weekend Edition. His approach to Bach's extraordinary compositions will certainly open up a whole new world of classical music to another eager generation.

Those of us who are lucky enough to be in Sitka, Alaska during the month of June ([...]) will be able to experience his playing personally. The rest of the year, we will keep this CD in our cars and on our iPods. I recommend that you do the same!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Radiance 9 July 2011
By Philip Nix - Published on Amazon.com
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The Bach Cello Suites seem endlessly available to the varied insights of great performers. The technical demands are enormous and the expressive ones even more so. The Suites can seem arch as if they spoke to us from a world beyond any ordinary life. They can seem dark and tortured as if they bared elements of soul we could never approach on our own. You owe it to yourself to sample many performances but do not miss this amazing interpretation of Zuill Bailey . It will lift you from your chair with wonder at Bach's profound gift, at the power of these works to move us after hundreds of years. However, Bailey's sheer and consistent enthusiasm and respect and skill in all of his performances, live and recorded, reminds me most of the experiences I had listening to Leonard Bernstein's lectures as a child. He convinced me that music made us more awake to life itself. Music was our greatst gift and deserved our loving attention. Bailey plays like these works were written yesterday and not like a celebrity cellist filling in his discography. He makes the suites matter with complete immediacy.He plays in service to you and to the composer. The Suites in his voice are full of joy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine, expressive playing in terrific sound 2 May 2013
By John J. Puccio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Bailey's interpretations and playing are certainly heartfelt enough and grip the listener from the first note to last. Admittedly, however, I did not listen to them straight through; that might have been a long haul, and I doubt that Bach expected anybody to play them all at one sitting (although there is some evidence of the interconnections among the pieces, so, who knows, maybe Bach did want them played consecutively). Anyway, I listened to them two Suites at a time and found them delightful.

Joyous, meditative, lyrical, sorrowful, amiable, exuberant, swaggering, solemn, and regal by turns, the Suites provide a little something for everyone, and Bailey projects all of their many moods in what is probably the best-sounding recording of the works currently available.

Telarc have arranged the layout of the Suites three to a disc, with numbers one, three, and five on disc one. That makes sense, I suppose, since numbers one and three are among the most popular of the pieces. More important, Telarc afford the cello a firm, warm, rich sound, without being in any way hard or brittle. What's even more, the engineers nicely capture the soft acoustic bloom of the recording venue.

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor
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