CRITIC’S CHOICE – CD, Zuill Bailey and Simone Dinnerstein

Dynamic duo performs Beethoven’s Complete Works for Piano and Cello

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

On Monday, August 25th, pianist Simone Dinnerstein and cellist Zuill Bailey will release a recording of Beethoven: Complete Works For Piano And Cello on Telarc. The 2-disc set includes Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 5 No. 1; Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2; Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69; and Variations for Piano and Cello in G major, F major, and Eb major. Grammy Award-winning engineer Adam Abeshouse is the producer for the recording. This stunning recording captures the vitality and dynamism of the pair’s celebrated live performances. Track 2 of the Sonata No.1 in F Major, the Allegro, reveals the overall sensitivity these two performing artists have toward each other and to their audience. The balance, the give and take between them, is as joyful, fresh and spontaneous as it is meticulously planned. Track 4 of the Sonata No. 2 in G minor, the Adagio sostenuto e espressivo, shows the tender and somber side of their storytelling. The long pauses are filled with a longing that seeks the continuity and energetic resolve in the more hopeful Adagio sostenuto e espressivo of Track 5. This is an absolute must-have recording for fans of both artists.

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Ms. Dinnerstein and Mr. Bailey have performed together regularly for more than a decade, and together they received the Classical Recording Foundation Award in 2006 and 2007. Both are known as highly accomplished musicians with a flair for arresting interpretations. They have performed the Beethoven Sonatas for capacity audiences at The Metropolitan Museum in New York and the National Gallery in Washington, DC.

 Of the new recording, Ms. Dinnerstein says, “Learning Beethoven’s complete works for piano and cello was the first major project that Zuill and I undertook when we first began working together as a duo. It is music we’ve lived with, mulled over, considered and reconsidered. Committing our interpretation to disc is a milestone in our ongoing journey together.”

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ZUILL BAILEY, cellist and SIMONE DINNERSTEIN, pianist

Mr. Bailey adds, “Beethoven’s masterpieces for piano and cello represent arguably the greatest evolution of musical composition by one of the world’s most remarkable and creative minds. The five sonatas and variations chronicle refined points in the early, middle and late stages of his compositions. The works continue to parallel Simone’s and my own musical journey. This recording of Beethoven’s complete works is a true celebration of the first decade of our own personal musical evolution.”

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SIMONE DINNERSTEIN, pianist

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein has fast been gaining international attention since making a triumphant New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2005, performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Recent and upcoming performances include Ms. Dinnerstein’s recital debuts in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, at the Aspen and Ravinia festivals, in San Francisco, Paris, London, Copenhagen, Vilnius, Bremen, and at the Stuttgart Bach Festival; as well as debut performances with the Dresden Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Kristjan Järvi’s Absolute Ensemble. Ms Dinnerstein is scheduled to appear with Chamber Music San Francisco April 24, 2010. The program will consist of the Copland Piano Variations; Webern’s Variations for Piano (Op. 27); the Four Impromptus (Op. 90) of Schubert; Philip Lasser’s Twelve Variations on the Chorale “Nimm von uns, Herr, du Treuer Gott” by J.S. Bach; and Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G Major.

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ZUILL BAILEY, cellist

Zuill Bailey is an exclusive recording artist with Telarc International. His “Russian Masterpieces,” CD featuring the works of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich and performed with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra has received widespread popular and critical recognition. The San Francisco Sentinel proclaimed, “The selected compositions of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Dmitri Shostakovich provide both artist and conductor a treasure of opportunity wherein musical craftsmanship is maximized and passionate narrative enfolds the heart.” Mr. Bailey’s much anticipated recording of the Complete Bach Suites for Solo Cello will be released in January, 2010. Network television appearances include a recurring role on the HBO series “Oz,” along with musical features on NBC’s “Homicide,” A&E, NHK TV in Japan, a live broadcast of the Beethoven Triple Concerto from Mexico City, and the televised production of the Cuban premiere of Victor Herbert’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the National Orchestra of Cuba. He is heard on NPR’s “Performance Today,” “Saint Paul Sunday,” BBC’s “In Tune,” XM Radio’s “Live from Studio II,” Sirius Satellite Radio, the KDFC Concert Series, Minnesota Public Radio WFMT Live Studio Recitals and RTHK Radio Hong Kong.

Zuill Bailey performs on a 1693 Matteo Gofriller Cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. In addition to his extensive touring engagements, Bailey is the Artistic Director of El Paso Pro Musica (Texas), Artistic Director designate of the Sitka Summer Music Festival and Series (Alaska) and Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.

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Add these recordings to your Classical Library. Click on the title to order on-line:
ZUILL BAILEY: Russian Masterpieces for Cello and Orchestra – Disc features Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33; Pezzo Capriccioso in B minor, Op. 62; Nocturne in D minor, Op. 19 no 4; and Concerto no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107 by Dmitri Shostakovich. Martin West conducts the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.

ZUILL BAILEY and SIMONE DINNERSTEIN – Beethoven’s Sonatas for Cello and Piano. The first volume of a 2-part project, the disc includes Op. 5, no. 1 in F major; Op. 5, no. 2 in G minor; and Op. 69, no 3 in A major.

THE BERLIN CONCERT – Simone Dinnerstein – Disc includes French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816 by Johann Sebastian Bach; Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 13; Variations on a Chorale by J.S. Bach “Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott”; and Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111.

SAINT SAENS’ CELLO CONCERTOS, No. 1 and 2 – The disc also features the Act II “Meditation’” from Massenet’s THAIS; and “Le Cygne” from Saint Saens’ Le Carnaval Des Animaux.

ZUILL BAILEY, Et Al: Works For Cello – Teamed with pianist Simone Dinnerstein for five of the six selections, the disc includes François Francoeur’s Sonata for Cello and Harpsichord in E major; Variations for Cello and Piano on Mozart’s “Bei Männern”, WoO 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven; Variations Concertantes for Cello and Piano, Op. 17 by Felix Mendelssohn; Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin; Souvenir d’Amerique on “Yankee Doodle”, Op. 17 by Henri Vieuxtemps; and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007.

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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