Recorded in Cuba, acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein s new album, Mozart in Havana, may be her most ambitious to date and is a testament to the ability of music to cross all cultural and language barriers.
Dinnerstein collaborated with the virtuosic Havana Lyceum Orchestra to perform . Mozart in Havana is a return to Dinnerstein s origins as a musician. Her connection with Cuba started early with Solomon Mikowsky, a Cuban émigré who became her piano teacher when she was all of nine years old. Mikowsky would tell stories of his childhood in Cuba and the country s many musical influences. When he inaugurated the Encuentro de Jóvenes Pianistas (Meeting of Young Pianists) festival in Havana in 2013, heRead more invited Dinnerstein to play, which she accepted without hesitation. Returning to the festival in 2015, she played for the first time with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra and was deeply impressed. Within a year she had returned to Havana to record Mozart s Piano Concerto Nos. 21 and 23, or what would become Mozart in Havana. The recording was done over three long, sleepless nights using donated strings and recording equipment brought in by Grammy® winning producer Adam Abeshouse.
The orchestra plays with winning buoyancy, freshness, and simple elegance. They're a good match for the playing of pianist Simone Dinnerstein, who was taught by a Cuban émigré. Her interpretations are graceful, lyrical, and mostly unfussy.
Dinnerstein rocks Mozart!June 12, 2017By William S. See All My Reviews"Just heard Simone Dinnerstein and the Havana Lyceum Orchestra at Mechanics Hall (which has the most awesome acoustics) in Worcester, MA. Have heard her live before but this interpretation of two of Mozart's most popular piano concertos is spectacular. Buy this CD now for a great listen ... and a way to support HLO. The two other pieces from this tour should be on a CD somewhere. Hope Arvik will make this happen soon. Arvik, if you're looking for the other two titles, look no further: Punto y Tonadas by Carlos Farinas and the Dinnerstein/HLO interpretation of Copland's Appalachian Spring."Report Abuse