Intriguing selections of rare piano pieces vary from a very young Prokofiev and his piano transcriptions of scenes from the Cinderella ballet score paired with new works from composer Kirill Zaborov.
Kirill Zabarov says “In a Russia still bathing in nostalgia for Chekhov’s novellas and the twilight romanticism of Tchaikovsky, the appearance on the musical scene of Sergei Prokofiev was a major artistic turning point. In the context of early 20th century complacency, Prokofiev's music was soon to overturn many an article of faith. And in its stylistic expression, my own music is partially inspired by 20th centry Russian tradition, a legacy whose spiritual depth constantly nourishes my imagination with crucial aspects of its mysterious essence.”
“Throughout, Lin's sense of color and phrasing are seductive—and she captures Prokofiev’s kaleidoscopic spirit with consistent acuity.”
“You could become an instant fan of Jenny Lin based on her latest Steinway & Sons recording, Prokofiev & Zaborov. Aside from her stellar technical artistry, she seems to have a unique understanding of the character of the music she is playing.”
“In tackling some more classical Russian repertoire, she bookends some solid Prokofiev with recent works by a young Russian that she finds the gold in, all with just ten fingers and no outside help.”
“Lin’s animated and dynamic pianism makes these miniatures come alive...Lin’s playing expresses every nuance of the musical story.”
“Energy and unflinching accuracy informs Lin’s approach to the Cinderella transcriptions. That said, she can be gentle and affectionate too—modulating to something stronger and more declamatory when required. In short, nothing seems to faze this pianist, who really does have a feel for these delectable tunes.”
Prokofiev & Zaborov / Jenny Lin• STNS 30055
Release Date: 04/21/2017
Recorded November 10-12, 2015 at Sono Luminus Studios in Boyce, Virginia.
Producer: Dan Merceruio
Engineer/Editing: David Angell
Mixing and Mastering: Daniel Shores
Executive Producer: Jon Feidner
Cover Painting: Piano, Justyna Kopania
Design: Cover to Cover Design, Anilda Carrasquillo
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. She has been acclaimed for her “remarkable technical command” and “a gift for melodic flow” by The New York Times. The Washington Post praises “Lin’s confident fingers…spectacular technique…,” “…surely one of the most interesting pianists in America right now…” and Gramophone Magazine has hailed her as “an exceptionally sensitive pianist.” Her orchestral engagements have included the American Symphony Orchestra, NDR and SWR German Radio orchestras, and Orchestra Sinfonica Nationale della RAI. Her concerts have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers, SF Jazz, MoMA, Stanford LIVE, and the National Gallery of Art. She has appeared at Festivals such as Mostly Mozart, BAM’s Next Wave, Spoleto USA, Kings Place London, Chopin Festival Austria, and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Germany.
Since 2000, Jenny’s discography includes more than 30 recordings on Steinway & Sons, Hänssler Classic, eOne, BIS, New World, and Albany Records. She is also the central figure in Cooking for Jenny by Elemental Films, a musical documentary portraying her journey to Spain. Other media appearances include CBS Sunday Morning, NPR Performance Today, and Speaking for Myself, a film about Manhattan as seen through the eyes of eight contemporary artists by filmmaker Bert Shapiro. Born in Taiwan and raised in Austria, Jenny studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the Fondazione Internazionale per il pianoforte in Como, Italy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in German literature from The Johns Hopkins University.
In 2019 Jenny released the complete piano music of Artur Schnabel on Steinway & Sons. Since 2014, she has joined Philip Glass in his ongoing world tour of his Etudes. Jenny is a Steinway Artist.
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.