Pianist Lara Downes and cellist Zuill Bailey have each, in their own way and quite often together, been credited with seeking out new ways of presenting classical music, of reinventing the art of the recital for our time. But for both of them, the tireless quest to touch audiences through reawakening their musical curiosity owes everything to the pioneering spirit of earlier American composers. To Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss and articulated most charismatically by Leonard Bernstein. Their new album Some Other Time released by Steinway & Sons digitally on April 1st and physically on 29th, 2014, takes its title from a number in Bernstein’s musical On The Town. It’s a number about moving on, about remembering a great adventure, but with the promise that it will all come together another day, another time. Except that, for Lara Downes and Zuill Bailey, that time is now.
Here is what the critics are saying about Some Other Time:
Classical Candor reviews the album here.
"What more could you ask for than a collaboration between preeminent cellist Zuill Bailey and innovative pianist Lara Downes? I've admired their work separately for several years already, and now they've produced an album together...And just to make myself clear, the music, the performances, and the sound are extraordinary."
WGBH Boston's CD of the week.
"Cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Lara Downes have collaborated on a recording inspired by friendship, adventure, and nostalgia."
And All Music Guide raves!
"The recital as a whole is engaging, original, and insightful, bringing together a particular musical scene in a fresh way, and the studio sound is superb. Highly recommended."