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Simone Dinnerstein discusses new Philip Glass / J.S. Bach recording with 89.7WCPE

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Interview with WCPE's Jonny Pierce

The Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry and pianist Simone Dinnerstein have teamed up on a new recording of keyboard concertos by Philip Glass and J.S. Bach. The album, entitled Circles, released on Glass' Orange Mountain Music label, features the world premiere recording of Glass's Piano Concerto No. 3, a new concerto for piano and strings co-commissioned by A Far Cry and composed by Glass specifically for Dinnerstein, whom the New York Times calls "an utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation." This Glass Concerto is paired with the Bach Keyboard Concerto in G minor.

To fund the work, Dinnerstein reached out to a number of orchestras from across the U.S. and Canada, eventually enlisting a total of 12, from various parts of the country, to co-commission the work. It was clear from the beginning that the premiere and recording should fall to Boston's A Far Cry, with whom Dinnerstein had formed a musical connection after filling in for pianist Leon Fleisher at a concert in 2016. Jason Fisher (viola) of A Far Cry says, "A Far Cry has always been a proponent of new music, and it has been a dream of ours since day one to commission a major work from an iconic American composer such as Philip Glass. We're delighted to be partnering on this project with Simone Dinnerstein, a collaborator beloved by our group and one of America's finest pianists."

Ms. Dinnerstein recently sat down with 89.7WCPE: Wake Forest NC Classical Host, Jonny Pierce to discuss the recording. Listen to the attached interview.