Zuill Bailey's rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry, and engaging personality have secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today.
This latest album-his fifth with Telarc and second with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra-is the follow up to his previous chart-topping album, which featured the Dvorák Cello Concerto and won Gramophone's Editor's Choice Award. Of Zuill's Dvorák Cello Concerto, Gramophone declared that, "until now the recording to recommend was the celebrated DG version featuring the partnership of Rostropovich and Karajan... but this wonderfully spontaneous new version by Zuill Bailey and Jun Märkl tends to sweep the board." Bailey's latest collaboration of the Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor with the ISO led by Music Director Krzysztof Urba?ski is yet another match made in heaven.
Sir Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor was the last work completed by the composer before his death, and Zuill's interpretation captures the subtlety and drama of the piece. Elgar intended for the cello to contrast with a sheer orchestral accompaniment, and the ISO is a perfect backdrop for Mr. Bailey's poignant tone. From the beginning chords to the engaging melody, his sensitivity breathes through the cello.
Zuill Bailey's continued partnership with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has flourished over the years and continues with this monumental piece. "The relationship between the soloist and the orchestra is essential, especially for a live performance that will transcend for generations to come," said Zuill Bailey. "The ISO and Krzysztof Urba?ski work hand in hand for this composition to come alive, and this collaboration is very gratifying for a soloist."
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra also presents selections from Má Vlast, Bed?ich Smetana's patriotic musical ode to his home country, Czechoslovakia. Smetana was directly influenced by the revolutions of 1848, and poured his nationalism into his masterful work, Má Vlast. It is a collection of six tone poems, and featured on this album are Vyšehrad (The High Castle), Vltava (The Moldau) and Šárka. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Krzysztof Urba?ski harness the feverish energy of Smetana's work and present an incredible recording that no one should miss.
Zuill Bailey has been a featured soloist with such symphony orchestras as Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco, and has also collaborated with the most eminent conductors in the world including Alan Gilbert, James DePriest, Andrew Litton and Itzhak Perlman. He has appeared at Disney Hall, the Kennedy Center, the United Nations and has had a recurring role on the HBO's series, "Oz."
Krzysztof Urba?ski began the second season of his role as Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in September 2012. Along with his position with the ISO, Urba?ski continues as Chief Conductor and Artistic Leader of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. In April 2013, Urba?ski will become the Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He has many upcoming debuts, including with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Washington's National Symphony Orchestra.
Under the leadership of Music Director Krzysztof Urba?ski and Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has become a leading orchestra in the nation. The ISO's commitment to artistic excellence, creative programming, and its innovative digital music library has heralded them as one of the great orchestras in the United States. The ISO has received national and international acclaim with its radio broadcasts, tours and recordings.