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Very good follow up to acclaimed Goldberg......but great?

First off, this is Dinnerstein's fifth album, -her second solo album. Her Telarc release of the Goldberg Variations garnered her critical and public acclaim despite her meandering and[even disastrous-she was unable to play the goldberg in NY as she did on her album, suffering consistent memory lapses] recitals. This follow up proves several things. First, her tone is still gorgeous. Second, her Bach is, as it was on her first [SOLO] release, still above par. For a taster, check out the gigue[the last piece in the French Suite 5] and relish in its wonderfully shaped phrasing and realization. It is beyond reproach. Perhaps the greatest surprise on the disc was the 12 Variations by living composer Philip Lasser, which I found to exhibit the finest aspects of her pianism. Now, to the Beethoven. Dinnerstein is not new to Beeth. She has recorded the complete Cello Sonata's, but that might not be evident after listening to the unconvincing[and meandering] sonata 32 recorded here. In this case, her intentions and realization do not quite match up. For a recent comparison, check out Paul Lewis' incredible final installment to his Harmonia cycle. Or Arrau's incomparable Philips version[the piece is a Arrau hallmark}. The Bach and Lasser Bach Variations receive five stars, while the is deserving of three at best. Still, her tone is remarkable[even live] and her bach is of the highest order. The rest is of merely passing interest.

Great Recital

Dinnerstein's sophmore solo release is better then her debut. The detatched, cerebal, goldberg gives way to a much warmer and thoughtful performance here. The introduction of the Lasser piece works just fine with the Bach and Beethoven. With a performance like this we should not be suprised to hear more from her in the future. Bravo!

Berlin concert

It may be true that Simone has memory lapses and that her performances are inconsistent, as some here have said. This forum however is designed to review the Berlin Concert, not her career. And as far as the Berlin Concert goes, well how about this: she reminds me of Horowitz. I love her rendition of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No.32, particularly the 2nd movement. Gorgeous touch. What an accomplishment, a single mom, an American girl from Brooklyn, playing Bach and Beethoven to critical acclaim in Berlin. Kudos Simone.

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  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Aug 26, 2008

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