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Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias, BWV 772-801
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2014
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Everyone who has had piano lessons, or lived with someone who had piano lessons, knows the Bach Inventions. They can be tedious. They can be painful. Over and over. Miraculously, Simone Dinnerstein plays them as Bach imagined them before he even wrote them. Each is a shining gem. I don't know how they recorded the piano so beautifully, either. The sound is perfect -- no hammers or levers here, just pure tones. This CD must be heard to be believed. Once you hear it, you will buy it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2014
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I have been listening to Bach for years and somehow I just found Simone Dinnerstein. This is a great, sophisticated recording; she has total command of the music and imparts its flow and character. She has skill in the range of Murray Peraiha and Andras Schiff and has some of the sound and feel of Gould. It is a fair comparison. I will listen to it along with their renditions. What a fantastic surprise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2014
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Bach had a genius for integrating simplicity and complexity, and, on this CD, Simone Dinnerstein, a rising star pianist, conveys that exquisitely. This is sublime music making that can completely absorb you and even move you to tears. Both the piano used and the piano technician, as well as the recording engineer, are credited, and rightly so, for the piano sound is pristine. Warning: As of August, 2014, Amazon was selling an “imported” version of the CD for more than twice the $13 price of the non-imported version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2014
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Dinnerstein's interpretation of Bach's inventions is beautiful. Her skill and emotion is perfectly displayed in this CD. If you like Bach, buy this CD.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2014
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I'm not an ardent classical music fan per se, but I love piano music--especially solo piano. I listen to a lot of Jarrett, Mehldau, Olafur Arnolds, and my latest favorite Nils Frahm. I'm also a fan of the piano soundtrack that explores a theme and approaches that theme from different angles like the Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close soundtrack and works by Ludovico Eindaudi. Like those soundtracks these melodies often repeat phrases and expressions, leaving a comprehensive whole that is satisfying. The sound of the piano is soothing and Dinnerstein's interpretation is delicate and mysterious. I stream it everywhere....
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18 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICEon January 23, 2014
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Noted Brooklyn, NY native and Juilliard-trained classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein demonstrates again why she should be viewed as one of the premier contemporary interpreters of J. S. Bach in her recording of the Bach Inventions & Sinfonias BWV 772-801. Though purists may be tempted to ignore this recording, I would urge them to reconsider, not least because she emphasizes the cantabile, danceable, aspects of Bach's keyboard music through her unique, Romantic, interpretations of familiar works like Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779 or Invention No. 12 in A Major, BWV 783 or Sinfonia no. 6 in E Major, BWV 792. I find much to commend in her playing, even if I tend to be more a fan of period instrument-informed performances of the kind emphasized by Andras Schiff in his critically acclaimed recording of the Goldberg Variations. (I would rank hers, Murray Perahia and Schiff's as the three best modern recordings of the Goldberg Variations, with hers especially noteworthy given the unusual circumstances that led to its recording and subsequent release.) Anyone who reads the accompanying liner notes should realize that she has thought long and hard about these pieces, noting how they formed an essential part of her musical education as a young pianist growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s and 1980s; if for no other reason than these, her latest recording of Bach keyboard works should be due ample serious consideration by potential purchasers as well as fellow reviewers.

Simone Dinnerstein is definitely one of the foremost classical pianists of our time, having yielded a rich recorded musical legacy that includes recordings of the Beethoven cello sonatas with her Juilliard classmate and friend, cellist Zuill Bailey, as well as her celebrated Goldberg Variations album. Her extensive repertoire includes pieces composed for her by the likes of Brad Mehldau and Dan Felsenfeld for her most recent prior album, "Night", an unlikely musical collaboration with her friend, alt country singer-songwriter Tift Merritt which reminds me more of an early Elton John album than does Elton's latest, "The Diving Board", with exceptional production values and an especially coherent song cycle that includes Purcell and Schubert lieder that are far more memorable than virtually all of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin songs composed for "The Diving Board". Dinnerstein has been a passionate advocate and champion of Bach, Schubert and Beethoven as well as modern composers like Felsenfeld and Nico Muhly, winning new audiences comprised of those who were ignorant of classical music. I have no doubt that "Inventions & Sinfonias" will yield additional new fans of Dinnerstein's impassioned playing, as well as recognition by others of yet another fine set of J. S. Bach recordings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2014
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Ms. Dinnerstein brings such depth of emotion to the music! I've given his to my mother ans she, too, immediately fell in love with it! You won't be sorry to have this in your collection.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2014
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This is "classic" Dinnerstein which is reminicient of "A Strange Beauty". Shows her rather unique ability to make Bach melodic without losing integrity. Thoroughly enjoyed the recording.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2014
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I just heard Simone give a masterclass and play two concerts in Portland, Oregon. I have to say she is a remarkable artist and a very warm, approachable person. In the masterclass, she listened intently to each student's performance and tried to clarify for them what they were trying to project versus their actual sound. You hear the sound in your "inner ear" first, and then try to reproduce it on the piano. I think she gave each student new ways to think about their pieces and how to practice and perform them.

The concerts were a treat. She included first time performances (for her) of works by Francis Poulenc and George Crumb (a Christmas Suite for extended piano), juxtaposed with Bach Inventions and a French Suite, Schubert Impromptus and Sonata in B flat, and a work composed for her by Nico Muhly only two years ago. Creative, gutsy programming that she executes with good taste, sensitivity, and powerful interpretation. If she had a gargantuan ego, I wouldn't blame her because it would only match her talent. But she does not, and that makes her an even greater artist in my book. She really deserves the great success she is now enjoying.

Oh, and I did buy her recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations and the Inventions/Sinfonias........and so should you!
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on September 7, 2014
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And inspirational too - I'm playing a few of these pieces again after digging the sheet music out of my collection, where it had languished for a couple of decades. Great to have this music in the house!
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