Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825: IV. Sarabande
Label: Sony Classical
Even among marginally popular pianists, Simone Dinnerstein is an outlier. After a late start and a lackluster early career, she saw her first breakthrough after an Internet leak of a self-funded Bach recording. This release combines Partitas Nos. 1 and 2 with four impromptus from Schubert. While Dinnerstein's capability with Bach can't be questioned, her work sometimes lacks the insulation of the album's title (taken from a Philip Larkin poem); the Schubert pieces have much more life to them. Still, her crystalline clarity and Grammy-award-winning producer Adam Abeshouse make it a joy.