“String Quartet in D major, Op. 71, No.2” – Franz Haydn

“Three Essays” – Caroline Shaw

“Grosse fuge, Op. 133” – Ludwig van Beethoven

 

Grammy award-winning Attacca Quartet, as described by The Nation, “lives in the present aesthetically, without rejecting the virtues of the musical past”, and it is this dexterity to glide from the music of the 18th through to the 21st-century repertoire that place them as one of the most versatile and outstanding ensembles of the moment – a quartet for modern times. Enjoy this performance from the Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival September 1 – 5, 2020. (music begins at 4:49)

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“Moment Musical No. 3 for Piano, Violin, and Cello” – Franz Schubert

Sitka Music Festival Artistic Director Zuill Bailey performs Schubert’s Moment Musical No. 3 with pianist Navah Perlman, and violinist Giora Schmidt at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv.

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“Kol Nidrei” – Max Bruch

Cellist Gary Hoffman has been a guest artist with the Sitka Music Festival in Sitka.  Here he performs Kol Nidrei by Max Bruch in honour of cellist János Starker.

“Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050” – Johann Sebastian Bach and “Funerailles” – Franz Liszt  

Pianist Awadagin Pratt performs with the St. Lawrence String Quartet for an episode of Art of the Piano.   Along with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: I and III and Liszt’s Funerailles, Pratt shares his courageous perspective on racism.  Pratt’s reflections can be found at about the 10-minute mark and 37-minute mark.  We hope you enjoy this beautiful production. (click here or image for audio link)

Awadagin Pratt
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“String Quartet in A minor, op. 51, No. 2, mvt. 1. Allegro non troppo” – Johannes Brahms

The Ariel Quartet, guest artists at the 2020 Winter Classics in Anchorage, perform Brahms in the glow of a Montana sunset.

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“String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956: II. Adagio” – Franz Schubert

SMF Artist Director Zuill Bailey joins János Starker, Kurt Nikkanen, Soovin Kim and Kirsten Johnson in this 2005 recording of Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956: II. Adagio.  Live from El Paso.  Enjoy!

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“String Quartet in A minor – Op. 132 Mvt. 3” – Ludwig van Beethoven

The Attacca Quartet performs Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor Op. 132, Mvt. 3 — Molto Adagio
(Song of Thanksgiving from a Convalescent in the Lydian Mode)

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“Concerto for Cello, Op. 104 – Adagio” – Antonin Dvořák

Listen here to Zuill Bailey’s Dvorak Cello Concerto Mv’t 2- Adagio, ma non troppo—LIVE with the Indianapolis Symphony and Jun Markl, conducting.

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“Nocturnes” – Frédéric Chopin

Pianist Piers Lane performs an lovely selection of the Chopin Nocturnes by candlelight at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, June 21, 2019. 

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“String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36: I. Allegro non troppo” – Johannes Brahms

Zuill Bailey preforms with the Cypress String Quartet and Barry Shiffman to record the Brahms Sextets.  Enjoy Brahms’ String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36: I. Allegro non troppo.

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“Sesame Street” with Awadagin Pratt

Concert pianist and Sitka Music Festival fan favorite Awadagin Pratt visits Sesame Street.

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“Meditation from Thais”  – Jules Massenet

CPR Classical hosts cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Jeremy Reger in the CPR Performance Studio on February 20, 2020, to perform Jules Massenet’s “Méditation from Thaïs”.

“Arpeggione Sonata”  – Franz Schubert

Cellist Lynn Harrell was a long-time friend of former SMF Artistic Director Paul Rosenthal and mentor to current SMF Artistic Director Zuill Bailey.  Here he performs Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata with pianist Brooks Smith at a recital in Japan.

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“String Quartet in F Major”  – Ludwig van Beethoven

Enjoy this performance by the Vega Quartet, guest artists in Anchorage for Autumn Classics 2019.  This concert includes: Beethoven String Quartet in F Major, op.135; Beethoven String Quartet in F Major, op.18 no.1; and Beethoven String Quartet in F Major, op.59 no.1. “Rasumovsky”.

“The Business of Music”  – Zuill Bailey,   TEDxUTEP

Zuill Bailey talks about his journey to becoming a world-class cellist and the power of music. Zuill Bailey joined the music faculty of the University of Texas at El Paso in 2004. Widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world, Mr. Bailey is a multiple Grammy Award winning, internationally renowned soloist, recitalist, 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. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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“The Torrent”  – Frederic Chopin,   arr. Matt Herskowitz

Pianist Matt Herskowitz, a frequent guest of the Sitka Music Festival, performs his high-energy arrangement of Chopin Etude in C# minor, op. 10 no. 4, “The Torrent”.  Happy Friday!

“Cello Concerto” (3rd mvmt) – William Walton

Grammy-Award Winning cellist and SMF Artistic Director Zuill Bailey performs William Walton’s Cello Concerto mvt 3.  LIVE Concert recording with the North Carolina Symphony. 

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“Orfeo ed Euridice” – Christoph Willibald Gluck

Grammy-Award Winning Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and cellist Chris Beros-Haigis are insuring that music is being provided to soothe and heal during these difficult times. Here is the beautiful and lyrical Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Christoph Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” — arranged for two cellos.

Adagio for Strings” – Samuel Barber

The Cypress String Quartet presents a live performance of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” in WGBH/Classical New England’s Fraser Performance studio.

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Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, Sarabande, Bourrée 1 & 2, Gigue” – Johann Sebastian Bach

Grammy-Award Winning cellist Zuill Bailey plays Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, Sarabande, Bourrée 1 & 2, Gigue. 

“Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in D major 3&4 movements” – Sergei Prokofiev

This recording of the 2017 Sitka Summer Music Festival features Nikita Borisevich on violin and Margarita Borisevich on piano. Nikita comments, “one of my all time favorite composers, Sergei Prokofiev!”  Incredible memories!

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“Clarinet Sonata (arr. for cello and piano) : I. Grazioso” – Leonard Bernstein 

SMF Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and pianist Lara Downes, an Anchorage and Sitka guest artist, perform Leonard Bernstein Clarinet Sonata mvt 1- “Grazioso” -transcribed for cello. (audio only)

“Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 ” – Johann Sebastian Bach

Concert pianist Awadagin Pratt performs J.S. Bachs Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 at the White House Evening of Classical Music. Enjoy!

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“Triple Concerto” – Ludvig van Beethoven

Following is SMF Artistic Director Zuill Bailey’s performance of the Beethoven Triple with the Israel Philharmonic, Itzhak Perlman Conductor, with a fabulous Schubert performance for an Encore!

“Double Concerto (Violin and Cello)” – Johann Sebastian Bach

Sisters Madalyn Parnas Möller (violin) and Cicely Parnas (cello) perform Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, arranged for Violin and Cello by Cicely Parnas. Madalyn and Cicely have both been guest artists in Alaska, and Cicely is an alum of the Sitka International Cello Seminar.

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“Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52” – Frederic Chopin

Pianist Natasha Paremski is a familiar artist to Sitka Music Festival audiences.  Here Ms. Paremski performs Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 at the Colorado Public Radio studios.

“Preludes 1 & 3 plus Sarabande 2” – Johann Sebastian Bach

Zuill Bailey shares a special moment celebrating the release of his Bach Cello Suites CD with NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. Hard to believe that was 10 years ago! Wow! Enjoy Bach today and everyday!

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“Pathetique” – Ludvig van Beethoven

Pianist Yuliya Gorenman, a frequent guest artist with the Sitka Music Festival, performs the 2nd movement “Adagio cantabile” from Beethoven’s Sonata op. 13 “Pathetique”.

“Cello Concerto” (2nd mvmt) – William Walton

SMF Artistic Director Zuill Bailey presents a Special Preview of the new LIVE Walton Cello Concerto with the North Carolina Symphony. Here is the insane- amazingly exciting second movement! 

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“Don Quixote” (Finale) – Richard Strauss

SMF Artistic Director Zuill Bailey’s new release includes Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote.  Here is an audio version of Op. 35, TrV 184: III. Finale. Sehr ruhig from the new LIVE concert recording with the North Carolina Symphony.

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“Bach Cello Suite #2”

SMF Artistic Director Zuill Bailey plays three movements from Bach’s Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D minor Prelude, Sarabande, and Gigue.

“It Don’t Mean a Thing” – Duke Ellington

Pianist Matt Herskowitz, a frequent performer with the Sitka Music Festival, shares his version of Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing” from his living room in Montreal.

Classical Music Matters

SMF Artistic Director Zuill Bailey describes how classical music is a healing form of art.

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“Natalia” – Antonio Lauro

Cellist Chris Beroes-Haigis, a three-time Sitka Cello Seminar alumnus and student of Zuill Bailey at the University of Texas – El Paso, collaborates from a distance with violinist Leonardo Pineda of Venezuela. They perform “Natalia,” by Antonio Lauro.