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listen  1. Cello Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1: I. Adagio sostenuto - 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Cello Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1: I. Allegro14:49Album Only
listen  3. Cello Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1: II. Rondo: Allegro vivace 7:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Cello Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2: I. Adagio sostenuto e espressivo 6:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Cello Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2: II. Allegro molto piu tosto presto10:01Album Only
listen  6. Cello Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2: III. Rondo: Allegro 9:05Album Only
listen  7. Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69: I. Allegro non tanto13:58Album Only
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  • Performer: Beethoven, Zuill Bailey, Simone Dinnerstein
  • Audio CD (October 31, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delos
  • ASIN: B000JLQPS6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,264 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Beethoven Cello & Piano Sonatas: Nos. 1,2,3,

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Bailey and Dinnerstein are bale to acess the music's youthful energy, the performers have true charisma in their sound...Sound and gesture are big, the vision is even bigger --David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer

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Hope she likes it as much as I do.
Betty Werner
Importantly, both musicians know how to whisper as well as thunder with some very attractive pianissimo dynamics that keep the listener on the hook.
Alan Lekan
A lovely addition to any collection of music.
Stephen Scoll

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Larry VanDeSande VINE VOICE on August 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Here, cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Simone Dinnerstein take on the first half of Beethoven's cello sonatas, performing the youthful Op. 5 pair along with the more mature Op. 69 sonata. Both players are Julliard graduates and Bailey also attended Peabody and is artistic director of the El Paso (Texas) Pro-Musica, an outfit the does chamber music. The pair are scheduled to release the second half of the sonatas on another Denon release later this year or next.

Perhaps befitting their relative youth, the pair launch into Beethoven's earliest creation in the genre, the Op. 5, No. 1 sonata, with a lot of vigor and forward thrust after tiptoeing through the opening adagio. I like their approach but found it a bit soft-grained compared to my favorite version of this sonata by Kartuunen & Haikkala, a couple Fins using period instruments whose set of all five sonatas was once available in USA.

Bailey and Dinnerstein playing is a bit more possessed by clangor in the seocnd youthful sonata and they really break out in the mature Op. 69 sonata. In particular, their collaboration in the Scherzo and Adagio are more clearly defined and individual, setting them apart from other performers, with a powerfully virtuosic finale that really tears it up.

Anyone seeking a new voice in this music will probably be drawn to these young players, who seem to have a natural affinity for Beethoven's mature masterpieces. Another set of these sonatas I've always liked, again on period instruments, is by the Dutch pair Anner Bylsma and Jos von Immerseel. But, compared to this duo, the Hollanders seem pretty vanilla while Bailey and Dinnerstein appear on task to mimic the more fiery and virtuosic work of Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alan Lekan on February 25, 2008
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A challenge - perhaps an unfair one - for new generations of performers playing long-recorded pieces such as these is to bring a something of a deeper enlightenment that captures our attention and imagination - all without losing the original musical intent of the composer. Yet, it seems Bailey and Dinnerstein do just that - especially in the scintillating final Op. 69 sonata - to give us quite an interesting recording worth hearing. Where Ms. Dinnerstein's Bach Goldbergs gave us a more softhearted approach, she gives us here with Zuill Bailey something of the polar opposite - with bold, big-boned Beethoven playing that gets your attention.

The first thing one notices is the bright, vivid sound quality - which really brings out this performance. It made my previous recordings of Ma/Ax and Rostro/Richter sound pale in direct comparison. Additionally, and sometimes lacking in other recordings, is the fine balance between piano and cello here. One is not subservient to the other. Also notable is the really wide dynamic range the musicians employ. When they play "forte" you really know it as the sound bursts out of the speakers with a sense of true Beethoven thunder.

The early Op. 5 pieces brims with youthful vigour, dramatic contrasts and consumate virtuosity. I greatly enjoyed the playful, skillful partnership of these two fine musicians (who I did not know well prior to hearing this recording). There is much to admire in their fresh-faced readings that are equally compelling as the more famous later work.

But, the dramatic highlight is clearly the edgy Op. 69 sonata - particularly the final allegro vivace which is a perfect cresendo to a compelling recording.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on July 2, 2013
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Listening is believing in this new release of the Beethoven Cello and Piano Sonatas, featuring the awesome interpretive powers and fluidity of tone from both Simone Dinnerstein and Zuill Bailey.

Suffice it to say that my standard reference recording of Yo Yo Ma and pianist Emmanuel Ax has been replaced in my collection with this absolute gem. Timing, pace, sensitivity, and warm musicality are brilliant aspects here, as if Beethoven had conducted a discussion with these two before they prepared the music for this recording.

Recommended as an audiophile and 31-year veteran performing musician!!!
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If you are a fan of the Maisky-Argerich recordings, you will love these. While Bailey does not have the most subtle tone, the playing is phenomenal and Dinnnerstein plays as if she were coached by Argerich. If you are a fan of the cello-piano repertoire, this recording is for you. I got it "used" and it was like new. Sound is wonderful too.
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