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The photo spread of New York City and the bustling cityscapes says it all about Dinnerstein's tone and intent for this recording. The 30-something mom exemplifies the grit and strength from within that great classical music exemplifies: that, in essence, the human spirit is celebrated and the fruit of one's labor is an inner peace.
This recording reflects that inner peace, one that speaks for the "masses", not just highly paid critics. In listening to this recording, this listener has found a gifted pianist who is unafraid of showing her true intuitive gift for music. Unlike "professional" Bach scholars like Gould, Landowska and Tureck, Dinnerstein does not have to intellectualize on the structural dynamics of the Variations. Instead, she allows each variation to sing out for itself.
Dinnerstein's recording has a very songlike quality to it. It is as if she is intending to sing out each variation herself with vocalizations. This is unique to the overall scope of this work; overall optimistic, hopeful and exuberant. This is a welcome tonic indeed for this distressing and rather depressing economic times. It should also be of note that Dinnerstein succeeds on her talents alone, not just by being another pretty face.
By the way, the wise investor should allow him/herself to include at least three recordings of the Goldbergs including this one: the GV's happen to be among my very favorite works in all of classical music.
I do recommend sampling Egarr, Labadie and Feltsman for your consideration.
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