Friday, January 30, 2015

Listening Time: Beethoven Sonatas

Simone Dinnerstein, young and individualistic is she, is out with a new Beethoven recording. The pianist partners with cellist Zuill Bailey in a two-disk Telarc release of the complete works for piano and cello. That means the five sonatas; 12 Variations in G Major on "See the conqu'ring hero comes" from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus; 12 Variations in F Major on "Ein Madchen oder ein Weibchen" from Mozart's The Magic Flute; and 7 Variations in E Flat Major on "Bei Mannern welche Liebe fuhlen" from Mozart's The Magic Flute.

Listening Time: Beethoven Sonatas

Simone Dinnerstein, young and individualistic is she, is out with a new Beethoven recording. The pianist partners with cellist Zuill Bailey in a two-disk Telarc release of the complete works for piano and cello. That means the five sonatas; 12 Variations in G Major on "See the conqu'ring hero comes" from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus; 12 Variations in F Major on "Ein Madchen oder ein Weibchen" from Mozart's The Magic Flute; and 7 Variations in E Flat Major on "Bei Mannern welche Liebe fuhlen" from Mozart's The Magic Flute.

They're a good match, these two players. Some of the phrasing is precious, a little too fanciful. But the recordings give you a lot of opportunity to re-think the meaning of this music.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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