Performance Today

Simone Dinnerstein

Simone Dinnerstein, pianistPhoto: Lisa Marie Mazzucco

October 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in so many ways. Pianist Simone Dinnerstein could hear the change that took place in New York City last March. She said, "The sound had been turned down...and that quiet was not necessarily a peaceful quiet." On today's show, we'll share Dinnerstein's musical response to that unsettling quiet.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Fernando Sor: Four Etudes
Norbert Kraft, guitar
Sor: 24 Progressive Etudes; 6 Little Pieces
Naxos 573624

Franz Xaver Sussmayr: Quintet for Flute, Oboe, String Trio
Linda Chesis, flute; James Austin Smith, oboe; Anna Elashvili, violin; Melissa Reardon, viola; Mihai Marica, cello
Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, Christ Episcopal Church, Cooperstown, NY

Fernando Sor: Fantasie, Op. 58
Nicholas Goluses, guitar
Interlochen Presents, Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall, Interlochen, MI

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major: Movement 1
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; David Robertson, conductor
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Powell Hall, St. Louis, MO

Hour 2

Phillip Lasser: Twelve Variations on a Chorale by J.S. Bach Variation 6, 8, 10
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
The Berlin Concert
Telarc 80715

Kenji Bunch: Summer Hours for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano
Marya Martin, flute; James Austin Smith, oboe; Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet; Peter Kolkay, bassoon; Steward Rose, horn; Ran Dan, piano
Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, Bridgehampton, NY

Arthur Honegger: Rugby
The Orchestra Now; Leon Botstein, conductor
Bard College, The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

Phillip Glass: Piano Etude No. 16
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
A Character of Quiet
Orange Mountain Music 0147

Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960 Movement 4 Allegro, ma non troppo
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
A Character of Quiet
Orange Mountain Music 0147