CD of the Month for February 2014: Simone Dinnerstein

  J. S. Bach:

  • Two-part Inventions Nos. 1-15, BWV 772-786

Performed by Simone Dinnerstein (piano)


About a week ago, I told you of an upcoming concert by Simone Dinnerstein in New York City. For those of you who were unable to attend, here’s the new CD of the month for February, 2014 by this fine artist.

This album features beautiful, well-known music by one of the most amazing composers of all time, performed by the pianist that made her name for her original interpretation of Bach’s music. The New York-based pianist became well known because of the huge success of her recording of Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’.

Released in 2007, the “Goldberg” ranked No. 1 on the US Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales, and it was named to many ‘Best of 2007’ lists including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker.

Simone Dinnerstein says:

“The first keyboard pieces of Bach that I remember hearing were his Inventions, when I was nine years old. The music seemed impossibly expressive and virtuosic at the time, and wholly beyond my abilities. Here were two continuous and independent voices, neither of which was subservient to the other. Until then I had thought of music as melody and accompaniment… These small masterpieces have snippets of dances in them, laments and celebrations, simplicity and complexity.”

Here is Simone Dinnerstein in the Bach Invention No. 4 in D Minor, BWV 775:  


And next, let’s listen to the first recording that made this artist famous: