On the heels of the release of her best-selling Sony Classical album, Bach: A Strange Beauty, which topped the Billboard Classical Chart and is one of the few classical albums to make the Billboard Top 200 (best sellers in all music genres), pianist Simone Dinnerstein will perform on Thursday, July 14 at 8:30pm at Harris Concert Hall (960 North Third Street, Aspen) presented by Aspen Music Festival and School. The concert will comprise J.S. Bach’s three chorale preludes arranged by Busoni, Kempff, and Myra Hess (which are included on Bach: A Strange Beauty) as well as his Partita No. 2 in C Minor, Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op. 73, and Franz Schubert’s Impromptus, Op. 90.
Schumann’s highly Romantic Fantasiestücke, Op. 73, was written in 1837 and named after the 1814 collection of short novels Fantasiestückein Callots Manier by the composer’s favorite author, E. T. A. Hoffmann. Bach’s Partita No. 2 in C Minor is part of his six keyboard suites published from 1726 to 1730 – his first works to be published. The three chorale preludes by Bach that Dinnerstein will perform were written in the 18th century, but were transcribed for piano by renowned pianists Ferruccio Busoni, Myra Hess, and Wilhelm Kempff in the early 20th century. Schubert’s Impromptus Op. 90 closes the program. Composed in 1827, it consists of four characteristic Romantic-era pieces.
Dinnerstein, a New York-based pianist who has been praised by TIME for her “arresting freshness and subtlety,” gained an international following because of the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which she raised the funds to record before she had a record label or management. Released by Telarc in 2007, it 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.