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Broadway-Lafayette: Works for Piano & Orchestra of Ravel, Lasser & Gershwin / Simone Dinnerstein, piano; MDR Leizig RSO; Kristjan Järvi

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
>Lasser, Philip : The Circle and the Child, concerto for piano & orchestra
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

On her new album, Broadway-Lafayette, pianist Simone Dinnerstein celebrates the time-honored transatlantic link between France and America through three different composers, Maurice Ravel, George Gershwin and Philip Lasser. The title Broadway-Lafayette alludes to the French-American connection as the Marquis de Lafayette and his French troops helped the American colonists out the British during the American Revolution. Says Dinnerstein, "Over the centuries, France and America have influenced and supported each other in many ways, and this music explores the link between the two cultures." Dinnerstein performs quintessential American composer Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue which she feels is particularly present in Ravel's piano concerto masterpiece, Piano concerto in G Major written in 1929, the year after Ravel met Gershwin while on tour in the U.S. Philip Lasser in the son of French mother and an American father whose musical voice is an amalgam of both worlds. Lasser's piece on the album, Circle and the Child, was written for Dinnerstein and this is its world premiere recording.

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein is a searching an inventive artist who is motivated by a desire to find the musical core of every work she approaches. The Independent praises the "majestic originality of her vision" and NPR reports, "She compels the listener to follow her in a journey of discovery filled with unscheduled detours... She's actively listening to every note she plays, and the result is a wonderfully expressive interpretation."

BBC Music Magazine, March 2015
These are pugnacious performances in which Dinnerstein's heavily articulated playing is matched by plenty of detail from Kristjan JSrvi's Leipzig forces, who capture the spirit even if they don't convince that they can naturally swing it. Sony's sound recording assists: there's the natural spaciousness of surround sound yet a crisp focus on each individual.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: MDR Orchestersaal, Leipzig, Germany (07/02/2014-07/04/2014).



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Works Details

>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
  • Performer: Simone Dinnerstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Ensemble: MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: MDR Orchestersaal, Leipzig, Germany (07/02/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1929-1931

>Lasser, Philip : The Circle and the Child, concerto for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Simone Dinnerstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Notes: MDR Orchestersaal, Leipzig, Germany (07/02/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)
  • Performer: Simone Dinnerstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Notes: MDR Orchestersaal, Leipzig, Germany (07/02/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924