Bach: A Strange Beauty by by Simone Dinnerstein

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According to Sir Francis Bacon, “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” And according to young up-and-coming pianist Simone Dinnerstein, the beauty of Bach’s music comes not from its mathematical precision but from the way in which the composer plays with forms and patterns. This CD showcases Dinnerstein playing two of Bach’s keyboard concerti, accompanied by the Kammerorchester Staatskapelle Berlin. But her talent shines in the delicate solo work, particularly the transcriptions of three hymn chorals, including “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” (Sony Classical)

About the Author

Otto Selles teaches French at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich., and attends Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids.