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Stravinsky: Solo Piano Works
     

Stravinsky: Solo Piano Works

by Jenny Lin
 
Igor Stravinsky's colorful ballets are his most popular works, followed by his concertos, symphonies, and choral compositions, but his pieces for solo piano have a small following, due as much to infrequent performances as to their modest size and narrow scope. Jenny Lin's 2014 album on Steinway & Sons addresses this lack of attention, and her attractive performances

Overview

Igor Stravinsky's colorful ballets are his most popular works, followed by his concertos, symphonies, and choral compositions, but his pieces for solo piano have a small following, due as much to infrequent performances as to their modest size and narrow scope. Jenny Lin's 2014 album on Steinway & Sons addresses this lack of attention, and her attractive performances make a strong case for their inclusion on more recital programs. The "Piano Sonata" (1924), the "Etudes" (1908), and the "Serenade in A" (1925) are the most ambitious in their technical demands and musical development, while the remaining pieces, such as the composer's piano transcription of the "Ragtime, for 11 instruments" (1918), the Polka and the Valse from "Trois pièces faciles" (1915), the "Tango" (1925), the "Piano-Rag Music" (1919), and the "Circus Polka" (1942), are miniatures that are important mostly for their wit, spontaneity, and color. To close, Lin plays Guido Agosti's virtuosic transcription of the Danse infernal, Berceuse, and Finale from "The Firebird," which undeniably adds excitement to a program that at times feels constrained by the brevity of the selections and the dryness of Stravinsky's neo-Classical style. The recorded sound is clean and close-up, so the piano has credible presence with the right amount of resonance from the studio acoustics.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/2014
Label:
Steinway & Sons
UPC:
0034062300280
catalogNumber:
30028
Rank:
223295

Tracks

  1. Sonata for piano
  2. Tango, for piano
  3. Ragtime, for 11 instruments
  4. Etudes (4) for piano, Op. 7
  5. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra
  6. Serenade for piano in A major
  7. Piano-Rag-Music, for piano

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jenny Lin   Primary Artist

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