Antonín Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor, opus 104 – The Water Goblin, opus 107 – In Nature’s Realm, opus 91
Zuill Bailey (cello), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Jun Märkl (Conductor)
Recording at Hilbert Circle Theater, Indianapolis, Indiana (February 3-5, 2011 – 75’46
One of the world’s most celebrated cellists, Zuill Bailey, graces the classical world by pairing up once again with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in this live recording featuring four of Antonín Dvorák’s momentous works found on the Telarc label. With good reason the CD’s top billing goes to the definitive Concerto in B minor which Bailey refers to as the “Cellist’s most celebrated concerto.”
Bailey’s stringed talents can be likened to a prized red wine: deep body, richly hued, colorful qualities, particularly impressive in the last section of the “Adagio, ma non troppo.” He plays through his heart with a burnished desire to express Dvorák’s emotions like no other. But the other sections, the opening “Allegro” and finale “Allegro moderato”, are equally piquant, touching and stimulating.
Concluding the album is an alluring vision of the motif-laden symphonic poem The Water Goblin along with the lilting and emphatically melodious score found in the “Nature, life and love” trilogy overture, In Nature’s Realm. Conductor Jun Märkl draws only the best from all orchestral sections with convincing persuasion which will delight the ear.