|Dinnerstein, Simone / Broadway-Lafayette|
|Add Date:||2015-04-10||Pull Date:||2015-06-12||Charts:||Classical/Experimental|
|Week Ending:||3 May||26 Apr||12 Apr|
|1.||Apr 29, 2015:||Moonlight Impressions |
Ravel: Piano Concerto In G Major - 1. Allegramente
|3.||Apr 11, 2015:||Music Casserole |
Philip Lasser: The Circle And The Child - 3. Circles
|2.||Apr 23, 2015:||The Old and The New |
Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue
Reviewed 03/21/15 by DJ Dimitry|
Born in 1972 in Brooklyn, Simone Dinnerstein came on the classical music scene with a 2007 recording of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations that turned out to be one of the most popular classical albums of the year. She has become identified with the music of Bach and also that of contemporary composers; on her album "Bach, Re-Invented," she interspersed Bach with new Bach-inspired compositions by Daniel Schnyder, Tom Trapp, and Gene Pritsker. On this album, we hear Dinnerstein explore the musical ties between France and the USA, emphasizing those famous cross-pollinators Ravel and Gershwin. Her playing is incisive, clean, and direct.
Recommended Tracks: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 (ALL FCC CLEAN)
Recommended Artists: John Alden Carpenter (composer), Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (pianist), Sergiu Celibidache (conductor)
1. (8:51) Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major - 1. Allegramente - Raucous and fun dissonances contrast with high sensuality in this introduction.
2. (9:52) Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major - 2. Adagio assai - This beautiful melody is one of the most perfect fusions of jazz and classical idioms, and it is played both on piano and English horn (cor anglais). Dinnerstein's approach is somewhat boring and doesn't compare with Michelangeli's recording of this concert with Celibidache.
3. (4:09) Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major - 3. Presto - Parallel to the first movement, and even more syncopation and madcap fun.
4. (11:49) Lasser: The Circle and the Child (Concerto for piano and orchestra) - 1. Poco Allegro - This colorful introduction is full of allusions to jazz.
5. (9:30) Lasser: The Circle and the Child (Concerto for piano and orchestra) - 2. Chorale and Child - A dark, beautiful temple.
6. (6:42) Lasser: The Circle and the Child (Concerto for piano and orchestra) - 3. Circles - Same opening as first movement in the winds this time instead of in the piano. Broad and wandering.
7. (17:43) Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue - This classic of Gershwin stands alone in its straddling of the jazz and Western Art piano concerto formats. This is a solid rendition.