Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
If the photograph on the cover of this Zuill Bailey album makes you think that perhaps he is a performer who goes a little over the top in his affectations, you would not be far off the mark. This is not always the case, either in live performances or on his recorded contributions. Although his debut album again employs a somewhat rakish picture to set itself apart, Bailey proved himself in that album to be a master technician of the cello and skilled musical interpreter. This album, recorded live with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra under David Wiley, too often crosses the line between just overglamorizing a photograph and overdoing the romanticism of a piece of music....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
If the photograph on the cover of this Zuill Bailey album makes you think that perhaps he is a performer who goes a little over the top in his affectations, you would not be far off the mark. This is not always the case, either in live performances or on his recorded contributions. Although his debut album again employs a somewhat rakish picture to set itself apart, Bailey proved himself in that album to be a master technician of the cello and skilled musical interpreter. This album, recorded live with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra under David Wiley, too often crosses the line between just overglamorizing a photograph and overdoing the romanticism of a piece of music. Bailey performs both of Saint-Saëns' cello concertos, the first of which is a relatively undemanding composition for the cello. Trying to make it more than it is, Bailey goes overboard with exaggerated dynamics, sliding shifts, and heavy-handed rubato. The second concerto, which is substantially more difficult, is performed in a more straightforward manner but is still rather overstated. The album closes with two sappy encores: Massenet's "Meditation from Thais" and Saint-Saëns' "The Swan" from "Carnival of the Animals." Even though the CD clocks in at just over 46 minutes, it's still a lot of saccharine playing that may leave some listeners yearning for a bit more substance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Delos Records
  • UPC: 013491337821
  • Catalog Number: 3378
  • Sales rank: 179,233

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 - Camille Saint-Saëns & Mark H. Evans (19:54)
    Composed byCamille Saint-Saëns
    Conducted byDavid Wiley
    Performed byDavid Wiley, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1Allegro non troppo
    2. 2Allegretto con moto
    3. 3Allegro non troppo
  2. 4–6 Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 119 - Camille Saint-Saëns & Mark H. Evans (18:03)
    Composed byCamille Saint-Saëns
    Conducted byDavid Wiley
    Performed byDavid Wiley, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
    1. 4Allegro moderato e maestoso
    2. 5Andante sostenuto
    3. 6Allegro non troppo
  3. 7 Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thäis") - Jules Massenet & Mark H. Evans (5:30)
    Composed byJules Massenet
    Conducted byDavid Wiley
    Performed byDavid Wiley, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
  4. 8 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Camille Saint-Saëns & Mark H. Evans (2:54)
    Composed byCamille Saint-Saëns
    Conducted byDavid Wiley
    Performed byDavid Wiley, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Zuill Bailey Primary Artist
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