“One of the most interesting pianists in America” according to The Washington Post, Jenny Lin delves into Stravinsky’s dense and delectable catalogue for solo piano on her third Steinway & Sons release, due out on February 25, 2014. Lin’s signature blend of technical mastery, grace and thoughtfulness is the perfect match for Stravinsky’s formidable stylistic range in which neoclassical sonatas and serial sketches rub elbows with elephant ballets and ragtime.
Praised for her “graceful musicmaking” (The Washington Post) and “remarkable technical command” (The New York Times), pianist Jenny Lin adds an important new recording to her already rich discography. An intrepid champion of contemporary music, Ms. Lin turns her nimble fingers and open ears to the “smaller scale opuses” of the most inspiring composer of the 20th century on her latest Steinway and Sons release, Jenny Lin — Stravinsky.
The disc, available digitally February 4 and physically February 25, 2014, includes all of Stravinsky’s major solo piano works: the Piano Sonata (1924), Four Etudes (1908), Ragtime for 11 Instruments, Polka and Valse from Trois Pièces Faciles (1915 — arranged for two hands), Tango (1940), Piano-Rag-Music (1940), Prologue to Mussorgsky’s Boris Gudonov, Serenade in A (1925), Circus Polka (1942) and Two Sketches for a Sonata (1967) plus Guido Agosti’s devilish and rarely recorded transcription of The Firebird Suite.
Lin’s previous Steinway & Sons release, a collection of virtuosic show tunes called Get Happy from 2012, was described by MusicWeb as “…an outright joy. Something every piano collection should have.” Her first recording on the label, Silent Music featuring Federico Mompou’s Música Callada was chosen by The New York Times as one of the best albums of the year for 2011.
To celebrate the release of the new album, Lin will perform a recital featuring scintillating transcriptions and arrangements of music by Kreisler, Stravinsky, Rodgers, Loewe, Gershwin, Berlin and Arlen at the new Greenwich Village hotspot Subculture NYC on February 25. Doors open at 7pm with the concert at 7:30pm. Tickets are $30–$35. http://www.subculturenewyork.com
Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. Her ability to combine classical and contemporary literature has brought her to the attention of international critics and audiences. She has been acclaimed for her "gift for melodic flow" by The New York Times. The Washington Post praises "Lin's confident fingers... spectacular technique... ", and Gramophone Magazine has hailed her as "an exceptionally sensitive pianist".
Born in Taiwan and raised in Austria, Jenny studied with Noel Flores at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, with Julian Martin at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and with Dominique Weber in Geneva. She has also worked with Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, and Blanca Uribe, and with Dimitri Bashkirov and Andreas Staier at the Fondazione Internazionale per il pianoforte in Como, Italy. She holds a bachelor's degree in German Literature from The Johns Hopkins University and currently resides in New York City where she also serves on the faculty of the 92nd Street Y.
Jenny's extensive discography includes critically acclaimed recordings on Steinway & Sons, Hänssler Classic, eOne Records, BIS Records, and Sunrise Records. Since 2000, she has over twenty albums to her credit. The New York Times called her disc of Federico Mompou’s Música Callada "...beautifully recorded..."; Classicstoday praised her 24 Preludes and Fugues Op. 87, by Shostakovitch "...hands down the finest version of this massive work" and the disc was voted Best of 2009 by The Washington Post. All-Music Guide raved: "The 11th Finger is a thrill ride for musical adventurers" and "Lin's playing is nothing less than superhuman", and Gramophone reported on her CD of Valentin Silvestrov "beautifully arranged programme...Lin is an ideal exponent of music whose superfine dynamic and textural contrasts create their own expressive intensity.” Other notable recordings have included Liszt Sonata and Schumann Fantasie, music for Piano and Orchestra by Ernest Bloch, Xavier Montsalvatge, Ma Shui-Long Piano Concerto, and Get Happy, an album of Broadway song arrangements.
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