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Bach Cello Suites
Zuill Bailey
Bach Cello Suites
Genre: Classical
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Cellist Zuill Bailey releases his Bach Suites for Solo Cello on February 2, 2010. All six suites were recorded in one week at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City in December, 2008, following years of ...  more »


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All Artists: Zuill Bailey
Title: Bach Cello Suites
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Telarc
Original Release Date: 1/1/2010
Re-Release Date: 2/2/2010
Genre: Classical
Styles: Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 888072319783


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Cellist Zuill Bailey releases his Bach Suites for Solo Cello on February 2, 2010. All six suites were recorded in one week at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City in December, 2008, following years of preparation by Mr. Bailey. "I was unaware of the depths of the music as a young person, but came to realize that there are so many ways of interpreting Bach that it channels where a cellist is at that precise moment. It has become such a personal journey for me." Zuill Bailey performs on a 1693 Matteo Gofriller Cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. The first surviving manuscripts of Bach's Cello Suites date from the middle and late 1720's. Bach's Suites disappeared from public view during the decades after his death. It was not until the early 20th century, when cellist Pablo Casals helped the works emerge from obscurity. "My evolution with these pieces mirrors the way the Bach Suites were actually perceived over the centuries. This has been my greatest musical undertaking so far," Bailey said. Today, cellists regard the works as the pinnacle of their repertoire. "The Bach Cello Suites are the center point of my existence, and I think I speak for all cellists when I say that the music is the Cellistic Bible." Bailey adds, "For me, Bach is the mirror to the soul, and this recording of the Cello Suites truly reflects what is inside of me."

CD Reviews

Breath taking
Eric Gross | Philadelphia Suburbs | 03/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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?
Liberation from the Lie: Cutting the Roots of Fear Once and for All"
He's found the joy in this music
Dennis Witmer | Fairbanks, AK USA | 02/23/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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...

Lisa Mochizuki | California | 03/21/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Zuill Bailey makes classical music to the masses accessible and enjoyable. Even if you do not have existing knowledge of the Bach Cello Suites or are generally new to classical music, you will be completely moved by the natural poetry of the music and his interpretation of Bach's musical voice. His mastery of his 1693 Matteo Gofriller cello sounds closer to the voice of a person speaking rather than notes from an instrument. One feels passionately transported by the romantic style of the music, especially the breathy sarabandes, yet at the same time as though one has come home. Bailey does an excellent job at not getting in the way of the music, but we also highly recommend his live performances, which are accentuated by his charisma, depth of knowledge and easy speaking voice, and his roguishly handsome looks. We have sent this CD set to all our friends as a preview to such performances. Try to go to a concert or performance where he describes what he is feeling as he plays the suites and dissects them by prelude, allemande, courante, sarabande, menuet, gigue and so forth. No one in the audience is left behind, finding meaning and understanding in his explanation of the components. You will be forever changed."