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Listen to Simone Dinnerstein play "Rhapsody in Blue" from Broadway-Lafayette / Classicalite Exclusive

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Sony Classical is set to release pianist Simone Dinnerstein's new album, Broadway-Lafayette on February 24. The music celebrates the time-honored transatlantic link between France and America through the music of George Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue), Maurice Ravel (Piano Concerto in G Major), and Philip Lasser (The Circle and the Child: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, written for Dinnerstein). Recorded with conductor Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, the CD was engineered by Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse.

Of Broadway-Lafayette, Dinnerstein says, "Over the centuries, France and America have influenced and supported each other in many ways, and this music explores the link between the two cultures. George Gerswhin is the quintessential American composer. He immortalized his own trip to France in American in Paris and his music broaches aesthetic boundaries in a way that few other composers have managed – he combines the tunefulness and syncopation of jazz and popular music with the rich harmonies and rhythmic creativity of high art. Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue is particularly present in Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major, written in 1929, the year after Ravel met Gershwin while on tour in the U.S. Philip Lasser, this album's living composer, is the son of a French mother and an American father, and grew up in a bilingual household. His musical voice is an amalgam of both worlds, circling around Bach's sun. His piano concerto, written for me in 2012, incorporates the Bach Chorale "Ihr Gestirn, ihr hohen Lüfte." The work explores ideas of travel and discovery, and of memory and return."

Listen to Dinnerstein play George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" from 'Broadway-Lafayette' in this Classicalite Exclusive