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Simone Dinnerstein revisits Goldberg Variations and stuns PYPA / Philly.com

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More than ever, the Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy, now in its sixth year, is attracting boldface names for its dead-of-summer festival, not just with master classes by elder statesman Gary Graffman, but with mid-career recitalists such as Simone Dinnerstein. On Wednesday, Dinnerstein revisited Bach's Goldberg Variations some 16 years after launching her relationship with this monument in the keyboard literature - then guided and presented by Philadelphia's Astral Artists - that led to her international best-selling recording of the piece in 2007.

This huge set of 30 variations show Bach creating his own musical universe. The composer's intentions were endless. Dinnerstein has always taken a big-piano approach to the piece, and on Wednesday, often had similar interpretive intentions, though expressed differently and with extra flexibility. 

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