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STRAVINSKY, I.: Piano Music (Jenny Lin)

STRAVINSKY, I.: Piano Music (Jenny Lin)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2014

Originally recorded in 2014


Jenny Lin


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Total Time - 64:07
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Piano Sonata (1924)

1 I. quarter note = 112 03:08
2 II. Adagietto 04:57
3 III. quarter note = 112 02:43

4 Etudes, Op. 7

4 No. 1 in C Minor 01:21
5 No. 2 in D Major 02:46
6 No. 3 in E Minor 02:15
7 No. 4 in F-Sharp Major 02:06

Ragtime (version for solo piano)


Suite No. 2 (arr. S. Stravinsky for piano)




Suite No. 2 (arr. S. Stravinsky for piano)




Prologue (after M. Musorgsky's Boris Godunov)


Serenade in A Major

14 I. Hymn 03:08
15 II. Romanza 02:47
16 III. Rondoletto 02:35
17 IV. Cadenza Finale 02:36

Circus Polka


2 Sketches for a Sonata

19 No. 1. — 00:20
20 No. 2. — 00:32

The Firebird Suite (arr. G. Agosti)

21 II. Dance infernal du roi Kastchei 05:17
22 VI. Berceuse (Lullaby) 03:31
23 VII. Finale 03:19
 Jenny Lin Soloist

 Jenny Lin’s adventurous programming efforts turn to Igor Stravinsky, whose smaller-scale works tend to escape the spotlight. Yet Stravinsky’s solo piano is packed with as much theatricality as his music for larger and louder forces. From instant to instant, this theater can be comedic, raucous, rustic — and then suddenly intimate and moving.

This is the third release on the Steinway label from Jenny Lin, described as "...surely one of the most interesting pianists in America right now" by the Washington Post. Most of Stravinsky’s important solo piano works are included on this album, as well as Agosti’s rarely recorded arrangement of the Firebird Suite. Jenny Lin’s first release on the Steinway & Sons label was Silent Music, chosen as one of the best albums of the year by the New York Times in 2011. Her 2012 release, Get Happy, was described by MusicWeb as " outright joy. It’s something every piano collection should have."

 "... Another superbly recorded Steinway disc, and another notable achievement from this gifted and imaginative artist."

Jeremy Nicholas - Gramophone magazine - July 2014

"... It’s when Lin’s fingers touch the keys that the magic truly begins. When someone with the ability to convey successfully the unfamiliar and implacably complicated turns her attention to canonic works of the twentieth century, the results can be thrilling. This new disc, containing most of Igor Stravinsky’s important music for solo piano, is proof..."

Patrick Rucker - International Record Review - June 2014

                       Performance ***             Recording ****

Jessica Duchen - BBC Music magazine - June 2014

"Stravinsky may not have written that many works for solo piano. But he left pianists some astonishing scores, especially the Piano Sonata and the Serenade in A, along with many smart shorter works and charming miniatures. The excellent and inquisitive American pianist Jenny Lin, born in Taiwan in 1973, plays just about the complete Stravinsky solo piano music on this impressive release, from Steinway & Sons..."

Anthony Tommasini - New York Times

 "A master pianist, Jenny Lin’s signature blend of technical mastery and grace is combined with Stravinsky’s distinct musical sensibilities on several of his smaller scale opuses for solo piano. Lin produces the magic inherent in Stravinsky’s oeuvre during her performances of his 1924 Piano Sonata, his Four Etudes (1908) and his Ragtime for 11 instruments. Each piece is a masterful sensory experience that reveals a well-thought-out interpretation that is suitable for the composer’s intentions.

Jenny Lin was first introduced to Stravinsky for piano through the late Italian pianist and teacher Guido Agosti who had presented her with his Firebird Suite 1928 transcription. To conclude her program, Lin performs Agosti’s arrangement of three movements from the suite. She skillfully plays each movement with the polyrhythms, color and impressiveness heard in the full Stravinsky masterpiece. Overall, Ms. Lin offers her listeners an expressive, beautifully arranged program that will delight you for years to come."
Paula Edelstein - LA Music Examiner

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