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American pianist Simone Dinnerstein has been called "a throwback to such high priestesses of music as Wanda Landowska and Myra Hess," by Slate magazine, and praised by TIME for her "arresting freshness and subtlety." The New York-based pianist gained an international following because of the remarkable success of her recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, which ... Read more in Amazon's Simone Dinnerstein Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Jan. 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B004AO0HVO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056"
2. "English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808"
3. "Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052"
4. "Choral ""Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ"", BWV 639"
5. I. (Allegro)
6. II. Largo
7. III. Presto
8. "Choral ""Nun freut euch ihr lieben Christen"", BWV 734"
9. I. Pr?lude
10. II. Allemande
11. III. Courante
12. IV. Sarabande
13. V. Gavotte I/II
14. VI. Gigue
15. I. Allegro
16. II. Adagio
17. III. Allegro
18. "Choral ""Jesu, joy of man's desiring"", BWV 147"

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok on 23 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Hearing Simone Dinnerstein playing Bach is an experience that's almost quite unlike any other I have heard, either live, or in recent recordings. While many have tended to emphasize the more formal, more analytical, aspects of Bach's scores, here Dinnerstein succeeds most admirably in exploring Bach's expressive side, or rather, to quote the album title, "Bach: A Strange Beauty", which she does in compelling performances ranging from transcriptions of organ chorales (e. g. Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 639, arr. Busoni, the album's opening track) to solo keyboard works (e. g. English Suite in G Minor BWV 808), and finally, with the two keyboard concerti (Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor BWV 808; Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D Minor BWV 1052) played with ample expressiveness from her and the period instrument practice-informed Kammerorchester Staatskapelle Berlin. The most cantabile Bach scores are those of the organ chorale transcriptions, especially the BWV 639.

If there is one unifying theme to Dinnerstein's expressive playing, it is the consistent joie de vivre one feels for each of the Bach pieces, emphasizing the strong emotional as well as analytical aspects of Bach's scores. Those who greatly enjoyed her critically and commercially acclaimed "Goldberg Variations" recording will find much to admire here from a fine young pianist who is the daughter and niece of two of our finest American painters (She does devote ample time in discussing her personal artistic connections to her father's work in the extensive liner notes, as well as explaining why she isn't interested in adhering to a period performance practice style.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. E. Potts on 15 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I haven't really got much to add to the two very good reviews above, other than I completely agree!
This is a beautifull recording both in performance and sound. It is also a nice rounded collection with an intelligent variety of works, two concertos, two chorale's and an English suite. The Concerto's are my particular favourites and her playing on them and overall approach is not too far away from Gould's(concerto's)which in my opinion have not been surpassed.

This may not be Bach for purists, but having spent years collecting Bach's keyboard wotks by various artists I'm pleasantly surprised by this young artist and her approach and insight into what is an endless journey into the mind and artistry of a true genius.

Looking forward to more of her Bach on disc.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Haskell on 3 April 2011
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I first heard Simone Dinnerstein play Bach on Classic FM. The depth and feeling she portrayed made me look at Classic FM's playlist when I got home that night, to find out who I had been listening to.

As a result of hearing this one piece from Simone, I purchased the CD from Amazon and played it three times back-to-back in the car on the way home. I have always enjoyed Bach selectively but Simone's playing just enthralls me. She has opened the door for me to a whole new appreciation of Bach and I have now also purchased her "Goldberg Variations" CD, which I look forward to listening to soon.

"A Strange Beauty" is a CD of music to relax to, either in the car at the end of a long hard day, or at home over a glass of wine. She is at one with Bach when she plays and I cannot recommend this CD enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Misnoma on 29 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I'll leave it to others to critique the repertoire.

But here's one serious issue: The album is mastered very strangely ie. way too much low-end (ie. bass freqencies) for comfort on a hi-fi system. I wonder if this was an artistic choice - puzzling - an attempt to optimise for small speakers? - or simply a mistake ??

Check out the mp3 samples. The real thing sounds like that! If you don't like it, be ready to make adjustments via bass and treble tone controls if you have them. Not ideal.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steen Mencke on 2 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
A big fan of the art of Simone Dinnerstein I have been waiting impatiently for a new issue to follow her superlative Berlin recital. Yet, "Oh, oh" - I thought when I saw the front cover: "A Strange Beauty - written in, what appears to be, chocolate; not an auspicious way to describe works by Bach, the Einstein of classical music. Somebody has been got at by the marketing mafia - "Simone Dinnerstein plays Bach" is no longer good enough, curiosity must now be lured by an ambiguous, quasi-nonsensical heading. Sic transit gloria mundi!" So it was with a mixture of anticipation and dread that I put this disc in my player and pushed the button.

Fortunately my fear was thoroughly put to shame. Luckily Simone is still Simone - and Bach is still Bach, and the peculiar title of the album probably(?) allures to the fact that the mixture of works on this disc is a bit of a "mêlée étrange": two keyboard concertos with an interposed English suite, all devided by piano transcriptions of two organ chorals and a cantata part. Truly a menu of contrasts; one could imagine that heartburn was soon to follow, and I am still not sure it is a juxtaposition I would recommend, if my advice was sought. Still, it is certainly novel - if not exactly true to form.

Moving on to what a review should be all about - the performance and the artistic impression - Simone Dinnerstein's Bach once again proves a treat for sore ears. The opening number "Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" is a dark and ominous piece that unavoidably leaves one poised for serious business, and the three main courses - each in its own way - follow the example.
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