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From NPR’s First Listen: “Simone Dinnerstein, ‘Bach: A Strange Beauty'”

We can only thank National Public Radio for giving us the opportunity to experience the wonder of Simone Dinnerstein performing Bach.

First Listen is a relatively new offering from NPR. We have the opportunity to hear new recordings in especially Classical, Jazz and Popular Music which we might then decide are worth our financial support.

Ms Dinnerstein is about as good as it gets. “American pianist Simone Dinnerstein has been called “a throwback to such high priestesses of music as Wanda Landowska and Myra Hess,” by Slate magazine, and praised by TIME for her “arresting freshness and subtlety.” 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 US 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. Her follow-up album, The Berlin Concert, also gained the No. 1 spot on the Chart. Ms. Dinnerstein has recently signed an exclusive agreement with Sony Classical, and her first album for that label — an all-Bach disc — will be released in January 2011.”

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At the web page, you can listen to the album in its entirety (1hr 2min 5 sec), or you can listen to individual tracks.

This album is the featured Album of the Week at WQXR, New York Public Radio.

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I hope that you enjoy this music. Please support your Public Radio station.

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