As this is my favorite Bach piece and I was interested in the recording, I also bought the release and although for me it doesn’t touch my preferred Starker interpretation, I was positively surprised by the musical performance of Zuill Bailey.
On the other hand I expected more of the recording quality. A nice balanced tone, room reverb, resonance and atmosphere, but as pmotz described, a rather diffuse imaging with partly perceived localization as a moving target between towards the right (where he seems to be generally located), middle (breathing) and left of the center (some resonances it seems or he turns a bit partly), seemingly aimed to atmospherically fill the space between the speakers from right of the middle without getting near them. While the kind of moving target imaging hints to a close stereo mic, Zuill’s little muted breath and missing sharper transients of the bow touches rather hint towards further away mics. So again (in less width than on the Grusin recording), a stage and room filling sound between the speakers with nice room ambiance, but I’m missing a bit more focus and transients for the recording/sound qualities to stand out of the crowd somehow. But possibly part of it is Zuill’s playing style and instrument. I would say the rather diffuse imaging is maybe closest to a live experience in this hall, but certain effects of an add. closer mic’ing (e.g. his breath coming from another position than most of his playing) then distract from this illusion on the other hand. Probably it’s really difficult to balance room and close sounds so that no confusing mix of diffuse room ambiance and single recording typical focus elements establish, but a believable synergy. I guess that’s really hard and rare.