Simone Dinnerstein & A Far Cry Premiere "Circles"
The Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry and pianist Simone Dinnerstein have teamed up on a new recording of keyboard concertos by Philip Glass and J.S. Bach. The album, entitled Circles, will be released on Glass’ Orange Mountain Music label on May 11.
The album features the world premiere recording of Glass’s Piano Concerto No. 3, a new concerto for piano and strings co-commissioned by A Far Cry and composed by Glass specifically for Simone Dinnerstein, whom the New York Times calls “an utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation.” It is paired with Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in G minor.
Dinnerstein and A Far Cry toured the new Glass concerto in the fall of 2017. Of their world premiere performance at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, the Boston Globe wrote, “[Dinnerstein and A Far Cry] caught and held the music’s patient grandeur, giving each phrase, each chord judicious gravity.” The Wall Street Journal called it “an inspired pairing,” adding “Mr. Glass could not have hoped for a more graceful, fluid reading.”
The idea first germinated in 2014, when Dinnerstein and Glass met for breakfast in his garden and found that they shared a strong interest in the music of Bach and its impact on the world today. Glass, having come to know her work over the years, o ered to write a piece for her, and Dinnerstein proposed that it be a concerto for piano and strings, to be paired with one of Bach’s own. She explains, “ There are almost no concertos written for piano and strings since Bach’s time. The pairing of the Bach concerto with Philip’s own composition creates myriad strands of connectivity, enabling the listener to create bridges between the old and the new.”
Glass finished Piano Concerto No.3 in 2017 as a response to hearing Dinnerstein play at the Glenn Gould Prize concert in Ottawa the previous year. He explains in the album’s liner notes, “I can say that Bach’s music was not consciously in my mind as I composed this new concerto, but in a way it’s unavoidable. My basic musical formation was influenced by the study of Bach for years during my studies with Nadia Boulanger. Inasmuch, while this piece itself is not directly influenced by Bach, his music is by definition a part of mine.”
Dinnerstein tours Glass’ Concerto No. 3 with the New Century Chamber Orchestra in California this May. A Far Cry and Dinnerstein will perform on May 25 at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.
TOUR DATES 2018
April 7 - Erie, PA - Warner Theatre
April 21 - Fairfax, CA - GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall
May 16 - Davis, CA - Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
May 17 - Berkeley, CA - First Congregational Church
May 18 - Palo Alto, CA - Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
May 19 - San Francisco, CA - Herbst Theatre
May 20 - San Rafael, CA - Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
May 25 - Toronto, CANADA - Royal Conservatory