"an artist of true expressive force" – The Washington Post
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein
J.S. Bach's Inventions & Sinfonias
US Release Date: January 14, 2014
Sony Classical will release pianist Simone Dinnerstein's next album, a recording of J.S. Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias, in the US on January 14, 2014. The recording was made at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York by Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse. Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias, originally written in 1723 as musical guide for keyboard players, remain a core part of the piano repertoire for students, amateurs, and professional musicians alike and have been lifelong companions for Dinnerstein.
Simone Dinnerstein says, "The first keyboard pieces of Bach that I remember hearing were his Inventions, when I was nine years old. The music seemed impossibly expressive and virtuosic at the time, and wholly beyond my abilities. Here were two continuous and independent voices, neither of which was subservient to the other. Until then I had thought of music as melody and accompaniment. An instrumental training is as much a training in how to listen as in how to play. In the text that accompanies the Inventions, Bach calls them ‘an honest guide.' His Inventions and Sinfonias are marvels in demonstrating just how potent counterpoint is as an aid to expression, and how powerful a cantabile voice can be when surrounded by contradiction and elaboration. These small masterpieces have snippets of dances in them, laments and celebrations, simplicity and complexity."
Following the release of the album, Dinnerstein will be performing Bach's Inventions in cities including Randolph, VT (January 18); New York, NY (January 23); Oakland, CA (January 31); Washington, DC (February 9); Esslingen, Germany (February 16); Houston, TX (February 25); West Lafayette, IN (February 27); Worcester, MA (February 28); Fairfield, CT (March 16); Auburn, NY (April 6); and Pittsburgh, PA (April 13). For her complete tour schedule, visit http://bit.ly/SimoneConcerts.
Dinnerstein's most recent all-Bach album from 2011, Bach: A Strange Beauty, was praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as embodying "unadorned but profound bliss," and The Washington Post raved, "Dinnerstein's readings may be said to plumb these works' genuine depths . . . poised, elegant, wonderfully played." The album made the Billboard Top 200, which compiles the entire music industry's sales of albums in all genres. That year, Dinnerstein was the bestselling instrumentalist on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart and was also included in NPR's 100 Favorite Songs from all genres.
The New York-based pianist gained an international following because of the remarkable success of her recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, which she raised the funds to record. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to many "Best of 2007" lists including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker.
The three solo albums Dinnerstein has released since then – The Berlin Concert (Telarc), Bach: A Strange Beauty (Sony), and Something Almost Being Said (Sony) – have also topped the classical charts. In spring 2013, Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt released an album together on Sony called Night, a unique collaboration uniting classical, folk, and rock worlds, exploring common terrain and uncovering new musical landscapes.