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The Berlin Concert - Simone Dinnerstein


Release Date: 08/26/2008 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80715   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ernö von DohnányiJohann Sebastian BachPhilip LasserLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Simone Dinnerstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Dinnerstein's interpretation of Beethoven's valedictory sonata stands out for her consistently clear and well-defined articulation, as the first movement's rapid left-hand passages and the Arietta's relentless dotted rhythms bear out."

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com

"I will file [this] under “L”, and regard it highly. Because centre-recital Dinnerstein plays Philip Lasser’s Twelve Variations on a Chorale by J.S. Bach. And that’s what you will want to hear. The chorale is “Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott” from Cantata BWV 101 and the forty-six year young Lasser, who is a member of the faculty at Juilliard, finds 12 ways to vary this that are typical of his style which simply calling
Read more “neo-romantic” would be rather too simple. It’s part of a new, bold melodiousness that is inoculated against the accusation of kitsch or triteness through sheer quality and originality. Lasser, and a very select few other composers, manage to write music that can be immediately established as new, yet uses means that have been part of the composer’s toolkit for a hundreds of years.

Best of all, Dinnerstein’s essentially romantic, eagerly pleasing style, coupled with her technical faculty, not only allows the Lasser to shine, it positively contributes to it. Bach provides the structure, Lasser’s perennial French air absorbs Dinnerstein’s floweriness, and the audible 21st century, modern touch assures the whole concoction stays lean and clean."

-- Jens F. Laurson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simone Dinnerstein (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/22/2007 
Venue:  Live  Kammermusiksaal, Berlin Philharmonie 
Length: 17 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2. Variations (12) on a Chorale by J.S. Bach "Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott" by Philip Lasser
Performer:  Simone Dinnerstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002 
Date of Recording: 11/22/2007 
Venue:  Live  Kammermusiksaal, Berlin Philharmonie 
Length: 19 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Simone Dinnerstein (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/22/2007 
Venue:  Live  Kammermusiksaal, Berlin Philharmonie 
Length: 28 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 13 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simone Dinnerstein (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/22/2007 
Venue:  Live  Kammermusiksaal, Berlin Philharmonie 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 

Featured Sound Samples

French Suite no 5 (Bach): VII. Gigue
Variations on a Chorale by J. S. Bach (Lasser): No 6
Piano Sonata no 32 (Beethoven): I. Maestoso. Allegro con brio ed appassionato

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Simone Dinnerstein: Beethoven Sonata No.32, Op 111 April 27, 2012 By Stephen M Lepp (Verona, NJ) See All My Reviews "I just heard this on Bill Mc Laughlin's (SP?) show and it is one of the most exquisite performances that I have ever heard, and I have been listening to WQXR since I was 8 years old, back in 1946!! I got on this site and ordered the recording as quickly as I could!! Simone Dinnerstein rises to heights beyond reckoning!! Steve Lepp" Report Abuse
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