For Jenny Lin's third Steinway & Sons release, she traverses Stravinsky's dynamic solo piano repertoire.
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 third STEINWAY & Sons release, Jenny Lin — Stravinsky.
The album 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.
“The highest compliment I can pay Lin is that I really believe that, were he able to hear her play, Stravinsky would be grinning from ear to ear. If you enjoy Stravinsky and/or bravura pianism, this one is a no-brainer.”
“The three movements from the Firebird Suite are full of pianistic fireworks and Lin tosses it off with real bravura, albeit more rhythmic flexibility than we encounter in a typical orchestral performance.”
Stravinsky / Jenny Lin • STNS 30028
Release Date: 02/25/2014
Recorded June 20-22, 2013 at Sono Luminus Studios in Boyce, Virginia.
Producer: Dan Merceruio
Engineer: Daniel Shores
Executive Producers: Eric Feidner, Jon Feidner
Art Direction: Jackie Fugere
Piano: Steinway Model D #590904 (New York)
Piano Technician: John Veitch
About the Artist
Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. Her orchestral engagements have included the American Symphony Orchestra, NDR and SWR German Radio orchestras, and Orchestra Sinfonica Nationale della RAI.
Jenny Lin's concerts have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, MoMA, and National Gallery of Art, appearing at Festivals such as Mostly Mozart, BAM’s Next Wave, Spoleto/USA, Kings Place London, Chopin Festival Austria, and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Germany. She made her debut in Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series in the fall of 2017.
About Steinway & Sons label
The STEINWAY & SONS music label produces exceptional albums of solo piano music across all genres. The label — a division of STEINWAY & SONS, maker of the world’s finest pianos — is a perfect vessel for producing the finest quality recordings by some of the most talented pianists in the world.