Back in 2014, Simone Dinnerstein and Philip Glass met for breakfast. There in his garden they found a shared interest in Johann Sebastian Bach's music. The end result was a commission for a concerto for piano and strings, to be paired with one of Bach's own. Dinnerstein says, "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."
WBAA's John Clare spoke to Simone about her latest release, Circles, that has Glass and Bach Concerti.
Find out more about Circles here. Jason Fisher, viola of A Far Cry says, "A Far Cry has always been a proponent of new music, and it has been a dream of ours since day one to commission a major work from an iconic American composer such as Philip Glass. We're delighted to be partnering on this project with Simone Dinnerstein, a collaborator beloved by our group and one of America's finest pianists."
"I couldn't imagine a more perfect partner to bring this record to life," Dinnerstein says. "Just as this commission is the result of a collective effort between many orchestras, A Far Cry is a collective unto themselves, with every musician serving as an active listener and contributor."