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Mark Novak
Fanfare, January 2017

The percussive elements of the piano in the original are hardly missed in this arrangement, with the legato capabilities of the strings creating a rich, sonorous texture upon which the main voice exerts its charming melody. The playing of this group is of the highest caliber and is one of the reasons this recording is so successful. The first movement starts with a somber adagio introduction, creating a mood of suspense and anticipation leading to the exhilarating presto music. The players deal with the dynamic contrast beautifully. The variations of the second movement are played with sufficient variety and contrast as to maintain interest throughout. The final movement presto is breathtakingly executed. I wouldn’t put this arrangement quite at the same level as Schubert’s, but it is a close second to it in my book. It is a piece I will return to with great pleasure. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

David W Moore
American Record Guide, January 2017

The players are excellent and lively. Bailey plays the Schumann very well, and the arrangement works since Schumann’s original scoring was not notable for woodwind colors or timpani bashing. Yes, one may miss the orchestra, but the music is all there. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Lawrence Schenbeck
PS Audio, December 2016

Is it sacrilege to admit that I enjoyed their “Kreutzer”—originally for violin and piano and here transcribed, like the Schumann, for cello and string quartet—more than I’ve ever enjoyed the original? But the Schumann also gains in intimacy and warmth of expression… © 2016 PS Audio Read complete review

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, November 2016

…Zuill Bailey and the quartet members (Janet Ying and Robin Scott, vioins; Philip Ying, viola; and David Ying, cello) took Schumann seriously. They engaged composer Philip Lasser and consulted with him throughout the project, incorporating ideas and revisions based on their rehearsals and performances, until they got the balance just right between Bailey’s solo cello and the rest of the ensemble. The new look proved to be refreshing. © 2016 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, September 2016

The playing is outstanding throughout a quite fascinating and thought-provoking CD. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), August 2016

When a string quartet and a cellist have the opportunity to collaborate, it is almost always to play the Schubert Quintet in C major. For this recording project, however, Zuill Bailey and the Ying Quartet explore new territory. They present their own arrangement of Schumann’s Cello Concerto and an 1832 arrangement of Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata originally for violin and piano. © 2016 WFMT (Chicago)

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