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Simone Dinnerstein: Berlin Concert to continue Goldberg fairytale

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Next to tthe “French Suite” and the “Variations”, “The Berlin Concert” will furthermore feature Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor” as well as the 13th variation of the Goldberg Variations as its grand finale. The CD was recorded at the Kammermusiksaal of the Philharmonie in Berlin on November 22, 2007 and is to be regarded as a tribute to the continuing influence of Bach on later generations of composers. "So much music written since Bach has been influenced by him, and the Beethoven and the Lasser are no exceptions”, Simone Dinnerstein remarked, “Lasser's writing is intricately crafted and encompasses a range of styles, from a contrapuntal energy reminiscent of Bach, to French Impressionism and even jazz. Beethoven's Opus 111 sounds surprisingly contemporary in this company. The first movement looks ahead to Liszt and the second movement, with its set of variations on a chorale-like arietta, looks back to Bach and ahead to jazz. All three works are densely layered, but also have a sense of freedom and directness of expression. Though they span almost 300 years, in many ways, to me, they each feel grounded in the present.”

The release party for “The Berlin Concert” has been scheduled for August 28th at the New York club and “multimedia art cabaret” “Le Poisson Rouge”. And for those unwilling or unable to wait, the very same space offers a different Dinnerstein.concert on June 13th. Again featuring the Goldberg, Simone will combine them with George Crumb's “Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik” (based on a Thelonious Monk tune) and perform on the same bill with Singer/Songwriter Essie Jain – another testimony to her interest in a contemporary presentation of her music.

If even that’s too far away, here’s another short clip of Simone Dinnerstein talking about the Goldberg Variations:



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