Classical Conversations

Simone Dinnerstein: An American Mosaic

Simone Dinnerstein

The pianist Simone Dinnerstein joins us for a conversation about her second album recorded at home during the pandemic: An American Mosaic by Richard Danielpour. A 15-movement cycle of character shorts inspired by the heroes of the pandemic (Doctors and Interns, Teachers and Students, Rabbis and Ministers - to name but a few), An American Mosaic was written for Simone after the composer's own experience as an asthmatic at risk from Covid-19. To help alleviate his anxiety during this time, Danielpour listened to Simone's recording of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, which not only inspired the work as a whole, but also his three Bach transcriptions which also appear on the disc.

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