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Web Exclusive: Conversation with Simone Dinnerstein

Simone Dinnerstein, photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Simone Dinnerstein, photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

New Release of the Week: the latest from Simone Dinnerstein. She spoke with New Releases host Lisa Flynn about drawing poetry from Bach:

The Inventions and Sinfonias would seem like exercises to J.S. Bach, except they’re so musical. He set out to write one of each, in the major mode and in the minor mode, in each of the twelve possible keys. What he called “invention” referred to two voices (left hand and right hand); “sinfonia” referred to three voices with the middle getting tossed back and forth between the two hands. The player’s task is to knit together each horizontal line or voice, creating the effect of distinct personalities. That all sounds very technical for what turned out to be forty-eight delightful keyboard pieces—Bach had that genius for combining technical wizardry with musicality in everything he ever wrote.

Simone Dinnerstein records for Sony Classics, and is devoted to her young family and to her community in Brooklyn.

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