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Bach: Cello Suites

Zuill Bailey , Johann Sebastian Bach Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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listen18. Suite No. 6 In D Major, BWV 1012: VI. Gigue 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (February 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B0030GBSVQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,602 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's found the joy in this music February 22, 2010
Format:Audio CD
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...
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath taking March 9, 2010
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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?
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Bach by Bailey June 5, 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radiance July 9, 2011
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine, expressive playing in terrific sound May 1, 2013
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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
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing music by world class cellist!
Love Zuill Bailey! Everything an artist should be. Kind and generous with young students. My daughter was thrilled to meet him and has been working on the Bach suites ever since.
Published 4 months ago by Idonnoyou
2.0 out of 5 stars Flat, Slow & Uninspiring
Compared with great recordings of the past, especially by Pierre Fournier & the late Janos Starker, this CD is slow, flat with nothing new to say. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hamid Moham
5.0 out of 5 stars Zuill Bailey scores again!
There is a reason that Zuill Bailey is considered one of the premiere cellists in the world today. This CD will easily convince you that those opinions are FACT. Read more
Published 6 months ago by colvin
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about the music, sure, but...
Much has been said about the playing on this disc. I want to concentrate on the recording itself, and point out that when listening to a recording, it's also about the recording... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tom Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Zuill Bailey is amazing
What a fine cellist! We saw Zuill Bailey in concert, and were very impressed. He even gave a pre-concert talk, which made the concert even better.
Published 17 months ago by ViolaBB
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but there are so many that are better...
No disrespect intended. Mr. Bailey certainly hits the notes...

I find his interpretation a little over-enthusiastic So, if this is what is available to you, then you are... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Daryl Lewis
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as expected
This recording starts and ends well enough. If you like Ma, Rostropovich or Starker's 1992 penultimate (and very romantic for Starker) recording, don't buy this. Read more
Published on September 9, 2011 by Listener
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best.
If you can get past the somewhat undesirable tone, there are moments of originality and energy in his playing that are definitely enjoyable. Read more
Published on May 8, 2011 by C0urante
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven
I heard the Fifth Suite on XM Radio and purchased the CD forthwith. However, I am very disappointed with the two discs. Read more
Published on April 19, 2011 by Cometkazie
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding performance
I really enjoyed the strong, clear and bright playing of this bold artist, Zuill Bailey. This recording has become my favorite!
Published on December 29, 2010 by Stephanie
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