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  • Audio CD (August 26, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B0019MFY7W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"...Ms. Dinnerstein chose an interesting, well-balanced, and eloquent program...She made a splash with that "Goldberg" disc last year. And, in this Berlin concert, she has a worthy follow-up." -- New York Sun, July 14, 2008

"Dinnerstein's subtly-inflected tonal purity and exquisite dynamic suppleness impart a sense of concentrated musical inevitability to the Bach French Suite rivaled only in my experience by Dinu Lipatti's incandescent reading of the B flat Partita. . . her playing (like Lipatti's) is such a natural extension of her interpretative vision that the two become completely indissoluble. The Gigue finale is not only touch-perfect (how does she create such an exquisite, velvety staccato?) but also so mellifluously voiced and immaculately balanced that it is difficult to imagine the music being played with a more complete grasp of every parameter. . . A stunning recital, engineered with tactile precision." -- International Piano, July 2008

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The repression of urges is always a dangerous thing!
Steen Mencke
If anyone has doubted whether Simone Dinnerstein is a first-rate concert pianist, then this exhilarating live recording should dispel such doubts.
John Kwok
One of the most beautiful renditions I've heard of Bach.
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Barely more than six months after Simone Dinnerstein's triumphant debut at the Berlin Philharmonie - the modern concert hall which is the official residence of the Berliner Philharmoniker - Telarc has issued her sophomore recording, "The Berlin Concert", and one which is bound to please her ever growing legion of fans (of which I am now one). In a performance that is approximately an hour and fifteen minutes in length, Dinnerstein offers some fascinating insights into works composed across the span of three centuries by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and contemporary American composer Philip Lasser, playing each as though they were being heard by the audience for the very first time. What unites these works by these three different composers is their joyful spontaneity and tendency towards almost jazz-like improvisation; Bach's French Suite No. 5 in G major, Lasser's Twelve Variations on a Chorale by J. S. Bach "Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott" (Cantata 101), and Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111. In her performance of the Bach French Suite, Dinnerstein emphasizes - as she notes in the liner notes - its exquisite dance rhythms and spontaneity. In Lasser's work, her playing, while also sounding spontaneous, ranges from Bach's "contrapuntal energy" to brief nods to both French Impressionism and jazz too. As for jazz itself, Dinnerstein's performance of the final Beethoven piano sonata's second movement is light years removed from the elegant simplicity of, say, Alfred Brendel; hers is one which, unlike others I have heard either live or on recordings, truly emphasizes the improvisational, almost jazz-like, qualities of this very movement (Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile).Read more ›
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steen Mencke on February 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I just wrote my review of Dinnerstein's Goldberg Variations, having all but worn out that disc over the year or so I have had it in my collection. I don't do a lot of reviewing, and though Dinnerstein these days most deservedly just seems to rake in the praise of newspapers and music magazines alike - her last major scalp being the Diapason d'Or of September 2008 (which isn't exactly a plate of p...) - and as such shouldn't need my help, here we go again. The repression of urges is always a dangerous thing!

As noted by many before me, two words that immediately leap to mind when trying to describe Dinnerstein's playing style on this live recording from Berlin, are meditation and jazz. If you are a fan of Gould's treatment of Bach - and who isn't to some degree? - it seems difficult to imagine the French Suites responding well to that approach, but: "think again" is all I can say. In Dinnerstein's sensitive yet miraculously nimble hands these seven charming dances drop their masks of carefree entertainment and put on their philosopher's hats instead, showing us the darkly smouldering Sarabande, the mischievous Gavotte and the quirky Loure in a new and interesting light. The Gigue is almost always done well, but here for the first time I all but seem to sense Scott Joplin impatiently waiting round the corner; no small achievement at that. I'm fairly certain that Bach never played his fifth suite like this - and he wouldn't have had the piano to do it either - but it certainly works for me and just goes to prove that there is indeed "several ways to swing a cat" (we don't skin them where I come from).
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32 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J. F. Laurson on June 19, 2009
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With Simone Dinnerstein's new release on Telarc, the slick attempt to spice up every last bit of her bio includes even the CD's title: "Simone Dinnerstein, THE BERLIN CONCERT". There are a few pianists who have had a "The Berlin Concert". (Evgeni Kissin's debut under Karajan at the 1988 New Year's concert was one such event.) "The Berlin Concert" has a tempting ring to it. It comes with connotations of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - which wasn't anywhere near Ms. Dinnerstein then or since. And how easily does "at the Berlin Philharmonie" (Chamber Music Hall) become "with the Berlin Philharmonic" in subsequent retellings.

"The Berlin Concert" also insinuates that it was a big event with hints of red carpet, columns of searchlights left and right, and critics in eager anticipation at the vast 2440 seat Philharmonie. Whether quite that much attention was given in Berlin's 1180 seat *Kammermusiksaal* (admittedly adjacent to the Philharmonic Hall), is questionable.

Well, better than harping on the finer points of "Recital" vs. "Concert", let's listen - by way of skipping the artist's vacuous liner notes - to what the music has to say, which is, these introductory words notwithstanding, the ultimate arbiter of a CD's value.

She opens with Bach's French Suite No.5 in G major, which is in keeping with her Goldberg Variation success that brought her from `giglets' in nursing homes to the concertizing limelight. Whenever she plays Bach, for better or worse, I can't help thinking that it's taken from - or belongs on - a "Bach for Babies" or "Lullabies for Lovers" CD. The wallowing style has its appeal, but I'm not sure I'm proud of whatever part in me it is that this appeals to.
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