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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.

A consummate concerto soloist, Mr. Bailey performs with the symphony orchestras of Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Indianapolis, ... Read more in Amazon's Zuill Bailey Store

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1. Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 Moderato assai quasi Anda
2. Thema: Moderato semplice
3. Var. I Tempo della Thema
4. Var. II Tempo della Them
5. Var. II. Andante sostenu
6. Var. IV Andante grazioso
7. Var. V Allegro moderato
8. Var. VI Andante
9. Var. VII Allegro vivo
10. Pezzo capriccioso in B minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 62
11. Nocturne in D minor for Cello and Small Orchestra, Op. 19. No. 4
12. Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107 l Allegretto
13. ll Moderato
14. lll Cadenza
15. IV Allegro con moto

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Zuill Bailey, the dynamic and exhilarating American cellist, makes his Telarc debut with the release of Russian Masterpieces for Cello. The recording includes Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme Pezzo Capriccioso and Nocturne in D Minor Op. 19 No. 4, and Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107. Zuill Bailey's rare combination of compelling artistry, technical finesse and engaging personality have secured his place as one of the most sought-after cellists today. Bailey performs regularly with long-time duo partner, pianist Awadagin Pratt, as well as with pianist Simone Dinnerstein. He is also a member of the acclaimed Perlman-Schmidt-Bailey Trio, which also includes pianist Navah Perlman and violinist Giora Schmidt.

The voice of the cello is uniquely suited to the qualities of passion and melancholy that makes Russian music so provocative to listeners. Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations was written for the German-born cellist Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, a professor at the Moscow Conservatory. When Tchaikovsky left Russia for a lengthy stay in Western Europe, he gave Fitzenhagen a free hand in composition, which resulted in significant structural alterations to the piece. The cellist premiered his version of the Rococo Variations at a Moscow concert conducted by Nikolai Rubinstein in 1877. Tchaikovsky was displeased with the alterations, but later said, "The devil take it. Let it stay as it is." The Fitzenhagen score is heard in Bailey's rendition, and is considered an effective presentation of Tchaikovsky's material.

Shostakovich wrote his first cello concerto in 1959 for the distinguished cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who had frequently performed Shostakovich's Sonata for Cello and Piano with the composer at the piano. It was premiered in Leningrad with the Leningrad Philharmonic and Rostropovich. When Shostakovich gave his only public performance as a conductor in 1962, the Concerto appeared on the programme.

Zuill Bailey (cello), San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Martin West (conductor)

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A fresh face with ............ 11 Jun. 2010
By Paul - Published on Amazon.com
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a dynamite performance worthy of a major award for excellence. Also kudos to TELARC's engineering in capturing the warmth and "sonic patina" of the instrument and performance. Its a must have no matter how many other performances you have in your collection. Don't miss his other spectacular CDs A+++++
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I do love Bailey, but he brings the equivalent of Katherine ... 24 Nov. 2014
By anonymous123 - Published on Amazon.com
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Before you buy this album, dash out to Youtube and check out Msitislav Rostropovich's 1961 performance of the Shostakovich cello cto No. 1 with Sir Charles Groves and the London Symphony. You'll hear the difference between the eerie, despair and angst of a composer trying to make art in a paranoid, totalitarian society and the comparatively airy rendition by an incredibly talented young man who has not yet suffered enough nightmares to encounter this piece. I do love Bailey, but he brings the equivalent of Katherine Battle's quiet, pristine lyricism to a piece that requires the power, darkness, and raw edge of Maria Callas.
Swashbuckling! 12 Feb. 2011
By Peter P. Fuchs - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard this cellist on the radio one day riding around 95 in South Florida last year, and the name stuck. I didn't realize he is kind of ruggedly handsome too. But I actually just picked up a copy of a private label CD with him as soloist produced by the Key West Symphony, at a second-hand store in DC . Zuill Bailey is performing the same Shostakovich Concerto with this island orchestra. Who knew you could get Shostakovich and and conch fritters in the same place?! Truly Florida is quite different than when I grew up there. He plays the work with a very swashbuckling style, which fits the music quite well as one potential reading. The conducting is fine too. The Shostakovich concerto is one that might be helped, or that is not hurt, by a slightly raw edge to the matter. Well, I will say if this present CD must be similar because it is hard to imagine a performer giving up on a such a successful approach to a work. I hope he has not lost the slightly Errol Flynn character. It can work quite well.
One of Zuill Bailey's masterpieces.... 27 Jun. 2013
By Maria A. Dominguez - Published on Amazon.com
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When one plays a CD of this caliber, and turns around and replays it as soon as it's over, then the CD is one to be remembered always and recommended to others who love cello music as I do. This indeed Zuill Bailey at his finest!!!!
A Must have CD for the Cello 21 Dec. 2011
By mercedes - Published on Amazon.com
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Zuill Bailey has a one of a kind cello which possesses a unique tone, unlike any other cello I have ever heard, which gives the listener something extra in the performance. I have seen him perform live with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and loved every moment of his performance. He is witty and it is fun to hear him talk about how he came to acquire the cello by which he performs with at concerts. His cello is over 300 years old and is insured in the millions of dollars. The selection of music on this disk includes some of my favorites: Tchaikovsky's variations on a Rocco Theme for cello; Nocturne in D minor for cello; and Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1 in E-flat minor for cello. I presently own 3 of his CDs and have ordered his new one, which will be out in January and will include his performance of Dvorak's Cello Concerto.
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