Stories » Simone Dinnerstein: Broadway - Lafayette / Sinfini Music

Top 10 for Nov

Simone Dinnerstein: Broadway - Lafayette / Sinfini Music

Bookmark and Share

While touring the US in 1928, Maurice Ravel celebrated his 53rd birthday with a party, at which George Gershwin delighted Ravel with an off-the-cuff performance of Rhapsody in Blue. Back home in France, Ravel soon began work on his Piano Concerto in G, in which, consciously or not, he paid homage to Gershwin.

Simone Dinnerstein is not the first pianist to juxtapose Ravel's Piano Concerto and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue; it's a combination that works. The recording places the piano well forward in the mix, but not at the expense of orchestral detail. In the Ravel, the precision of her fingerwork is dazzling but her performance is never heartless or mechanical: the slow movement finds her in a mood of rapt absorption that gracefully sets up the explosive finale.