Circles: Piano Concertos by Bach + Glass
Artist: Simone Dinnerstein & A Far Cry
Release Date: May 11, 2018
Label: Orange Mountain Music
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 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 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 and recorded the album in the stellar acoustics of Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA. 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.”