In January, 2011, I last talked with you about the amazing pianist, Simone Dinnerstein. Not good… Too much time has passed since I spoke with you about her.
This is an outstanding American woman. She is one sensitive, marvelous musician. She has an unusual story in terms of what brought her to the attention of the public. More about Simone in a moment. First, here’s an event with Ms. Dinnerstein as soloist that you could attend in a city where I lived many years ago:
Minneapolis, MN – Orchestra Hall, Minnesota Orchestra
More details HERE.
Conductor: Osmo Vanska
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
When: Sat Oct 8, 2011 8pm
Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (map)
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein has an unusual biography. A few years ago, after getting a degree from The Juilliard School, she seemingly had few opportunities. She ultimately financed a recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The recording was ultimately released on the Telarc label, and almost overnight Ms. Dinnerstein’s new career was launched.
Dinnerstein says: “The way I play Bach is close to my own personality, it’s more inward looking and meditative.”
I must say that I really identify with that description. Somehow, she plays with amazing spaces of silence *between* Bach’s notes, that allow me to fully appreciate the meditative and spiritual aspects of many of Bach’s works.
Here is what Robert Battey, the Washington Post reviewer, wrote:
“Dinnerstein seems to commune equally with higher spiritual realms and deep maternal instincts. Her sound, while varied and colorful, has a trancelike quality as well. The imagination, particularly in slow music, is extraordinary…”
For me, Ms. Dinnerstein’s music is very meaningful. I am unable to do something else and pay proper attention to what she’s saying. Instead, I prefer to contemplate the sublime counterpoint of Bach and to savor the sounds produced by one astounding pianist.
Here is Simone Dinnerstein performing and explaining the Bach Goldberg Variations:
And here she is in a solo recital of Bach’s French Suite nº 5, III :
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