Not all the reviewers were crazy about pianist Simone Dinnerstein’s recent recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Personally, I love it, but it certainly pushes beyond the boundaries. To quote a Gramophone article, “most critics have either absolutely adored it or loathed it.” But it did hit the Billboard Classical Chart in the first week of its release, a rare occurrence for an unknown artist. With 38 weeks on the list, it’s now at number 15.
First there was the beer endorsement. Now the June 23rd New Yorker issue announces a recital at Le Poisson Rouge, a new performance space in the Village. The event features the “breakout pianist”, and she even has someone to “open” for her. Dinnerstein is definitely taking an unusual approach to her career, and it’s working.
You can hear Fred Child telling part of Dinnerstein’s success story, and also part of the Philip Lasser piece she will perform in Portland on American Public Media’s Performance Today archives at:
Simone Dinnerstein presents a recital on Saturday evening, July 19th, then works with students the next day in a master class. The featured works in the class are Haydn’s Sonata No. 62 and Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C minor, Op. 23 No. 7.
For Portland International Piano Festival details, go to: