Something Almost Being Said: Music of Bach and Schubert

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
"The trees are coming into leaf/Like something almost being said." Taking a cue from these lines of Philip Larkin, pianist Simone Dinnerstein casts her album of the music of J.S. Bach and Franz Schubert in poetic terms. Her understanding of the composers is summed up in her own words: "The music of Bach and Schubert share a distinctive quality, as if wordless voices were singing textless melodies." Of course, Bach and Schubert were masters of setting texts to profoundly expressive music, so it is fruitful to look for the lyrical impulse in their keyboard works and appropriate to find songful interpretations. Yet Dinnerstein doesn't merely serve up rhapsodic renditions ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
"The trees are coming into leaf/Like something almost being said." Taking a cue from these lines of Philip Larkin, pianist Simone Dinnerstein casts her album of the music of J.S. Bach and Franz Schubert in poetic terms. Her understanding of the composers is summed up in her own words: "The music of Bach and Schubert share a distinctive quality, as if wordless voices were singing textless melodies." Of course, Bach and Schubert were masters of setting texts to profoundly expressive music, so it is fruitful to look for the lyrical impulse in their keyboard works and appropriate to find songful interpretations. Yet Dinnerstein doesn't merely serve up rhapsodic renditions or treat the music as some kind of tuneful vehicle for idiosyncratic or personal reveries. Her playing is quite in character for both composers, and her treatment of the material is far from self-indulgent. Indeed, counterpoint and harmony are carefully balanced against the upper lines, and Dinnerstein is completely in control of the inner parts in Bach's partitas and the rhythmic subtleties of Schubert impromptus. Dinnerstein's playing is well-rounded and skillful, and the care she lavishes on the smallest details of execution may well remind listeners of Glenn Gould without his attendant eccentricities or Angela Hewitt. To find the poetry in this 2012 album from Sony, listeners may make their own connections, but Dinnerstein certainly opens up the music for aesthetic appreciation and deep reflection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2012
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886979894327
  • Catalog Number: 798943
  • Sales rank: 49,610

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–6 Partita for keyboard No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 (BC L2) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Valérie Gross (22:47)
  2. 7–10 Impromptus (4) for piano, D. 899 (Op. 90) - Franz Schubert & Valérie Gross (32:11)
  3. 11–16 Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (BC L1) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Valérie Gross (20:40)
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Performance Credits
Simone Dinnerstein Primary Artist
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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    Beautiful!

    It is so very refreshing to hear someone who is not afraid to play with softness, definition and the right amount of pressure. Her technique is so masterful that it disappears, letting the music rise to the surface unabated. She makes the most of this beautiful instrument....using it like a chisel rather than a bulldozer. Really beautiful!

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