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When a string quartet and a cellist have the opportunity to collaborate, it is almost always to play the magnificent Schubert Quintet in C Major. Not surprisingly, as this monumental work would make it into any discussion of chamber music's GOAT - greatest of all time. In fact, the Ying Quartet's ongoing collaboration with cellist, Zuill Bailey, has featured many performances of the Schubert Quintet. For this recording project, however, we were eager to explore repertoire for cello quintet beyond the Schubert. In our own, new arrangement of Schumann's wonderful Cello Concerto and an 1832 arrangement of Beethoven's well-known masterpiece, the "Kreutzer" Sonata originally for violin and piano, we consider two celebrated works from their original versions and present them here powerfully reimagined for cello quintet.
The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today's world. Now in its third decade, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications in its tours across the United States and abroad.
Widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world, Zuill Bailey is a distinguished soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, Artistic Director and teacher. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today.
|Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129 (Arr. for Cello & String Quartet): I. Nicht zu schnell|
|Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129 (Arr. for Cello & String Quartet): II. Langsam|
|Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129 (Arr. for Cello & String Quartet): III. Sehr lebhaft|
|Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 Kreutzer (Arr. for Cello & String Quartet): I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto|
|Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 Kreutzer (Arr. for Cello & String Quartet): II. Andante con variazioni|
|Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 Kreutzer (Arr. for Cello & String Quartet): III. Presto|