Bach - A Strange Beauty

Bach - A Strange Beauty

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by Simone Dinnerstein
     
 
Simone Dinnerstein's first recording for Sony Classical, Bach: A Strange Beauty, has the critically acclaimed pianist returning to Bach, this time combining three transcriptions of his Chorale Preludes with one of his English Suites and two of his Keyboard Concerti, again revealing her intense and expressive playing style, as well as her individual approach to

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Simone Dinnerstein's first recording for Sony Classical, Bach: A Strange Beauty, has the critically acclaimed pianist returning to Bach, this time combining three transcriptions of his Chorale Preludes with one of his English Suites and two of his Keyboard Concerti, again revealing her intense and expressive playing style, as well as her individual approach to Bach's music.

For her first orchestral recording, Simone is joined by members of one of Berlin's most venerable institutions -- Kammerorchester Staatskapelle Berlin, with Stephan Mai as concertmaster. Grammy Award®-winning producer Adam Abeshouse, who produced Dinnerstein's Goldberg Variations disc and her follow-up album The Berlin Concert, returns to recapture her distinctive sound on Bach: A Strange Beauty. -- From the Label

Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle - Joshua Kosman
Magnificent.... Dinnerstein brings out the luminous, off-kilter splendor of this music in a way that is both fearless and sly.... The effect is like a conversation with someone who sits too close and fixes you with an unblinking stare, while revealing truths you'd never suspected; it's unnerving and mesmerizing all at once.
The Independent - Andy Gill
The stately calm of the 5th Keyboard Concerto's "Largo" has an almost weightless poise, while the English Suite No 3 offers an engrossing journey between styles, from the reflective "Allemande" to the agitated "Courante" and the melancholy "Sarabande".
National Public Radio - Ashalen Sims
What's striking about Dinnerstein is that she plays Bach as if she's never heard it before. From the first ponderous low notes of the chorale arrangement that opens the album, she compels the listener to follow her in a journey of discovery filled with unscheduled detours. Throughout Bach: A Strange Beauty, she often stretches out a particularly rich cadence or luxuriates in the multi-voiced texture of the chorales. She's actively listening to every note she plays, and the result is a wonderfully expressive interpretation.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2011
Label:
Sony Classics
UPC:
0886978174222
catalogNumber:
781742
Rank:
31695

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Bach - A Strange Beauty 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
Simone Dinnerstein's newest recording has been circulating among the cognoscenti for a while now and finally it has been released. It is a complete pleasure. Aptly titled BACH: A STRANGE BEAUTY, the Cd includes Keyboard Concerti Nos. 1 BWV 1052 and No. 5 BWV 1056 which she performs with the Kammerorchester Staatskapelle Berlin, the English Suite No 3 BWV 808, and three choral transcriptions for keyboard alone. Not to be outdone with the display of technical facility she offered in her Goldberg Variations recording, here Dinnerstein is drawn more to the elegant and gently Bach. Her touch is rich and full as is well suited to these works. There are high points, such as the Largo movement from the Concerto No. 5 - as richly romantic as Bach can be played (!), and the choral transcriptions are refreshingly elegant. The entire recoding is very well produced and there is not a disappointing aspect of this project by an artist who commands our respect. Highly recommended! Grady Harp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So beautiful it made me weep.
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