Zuill Bailey & Simone Dinnerstein | Bennett-Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival | Classical | Chicago Reader

Zuill Bailey & Simone Dinnerstein Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., Aug. 25, 8 p.m. 2009

Cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Simone Dinnerstein began performing with each other more than a decade ago, before their now thriving solo careers had taken off. Bailey’s rise has been smoother and more certain than Dinnerstein’s—a late bloomer, she had to self-produce a recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations to get the classical music world’s attention. Together they’re a promoter’s dream: glamorous, charismatic, and immensely musical. Cellists owe much to Beethoven for expanding their instrument’s role in chamber music greatly beyond the one established for it by Haydn and Mozart, and Beethoven’s works for piano and cello have been the core of this duo’s repertoire from the beginning. Here they play all five sonatas, traversing the composer’s music from early to middle to late. This concert coincides with Telarc’s release of Bailey and Dinnerstein’s recording of the complete sonatas and variations, where they deliver performances that are full-blooded yet also wonderfully nuanced and conversational—you can hear their friendship in their playing. —Steve Langendorf

Price: $35

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