Jenny Lin – Chopin: The Complete Nocturnes (2018) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Jenny Lin – Chopin: The Complete Nocturnes (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/ 96 kHz | Time – 01:47:25 minutes | 1,57 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Steinway and Sons

The night has always been a time of enchantment; it embodies the uncanny, but also the romantic side of human existence. For her new Hänssler release Jenny Lin has selected a program of night pieces that speak to both the sensual and more complex psychological aspects of nocturnal experiences – from Debussy’s “Clair de lune” to Arthur Lourié‘s “A Phoenix Park Nocturne” to Liszt’s “Liebestraum” she evokes sounds, dancing, romance, far from everyday experiences, whispering of things hidden from the light of day.

She evokes thoughts and visions from a shadowy realm that draws us into our inner world. A dramatically styled CD, perfectly expressive of human longing for the other side.

“Her opening selection, Debussy’s ‘Clair de lune’, is starkly deliberate, straightforward and kitsch-free…The Griffes, Glinka, Turina and Lourie selections inspire some of Lin’s most ravishing playing on disc…this beautifully engineered release is a welcome addition to Lin’s diverse and distinct discography.” (Gramophone)

“Taiwanese-Austrian-American pianist Jenny Lin has a flair for unusual programs, and so it is here even though the material at first seems conventional. Yes, this is one collection of nocturnes or night pieces among many on the market. But Lin titles the album Night Stories, and she delivers not a collection of mood pieces but a survey of what the idea of night has meant musically. As if to emphasize her intention, Lin frames the program with perhaps the two most familiar night pieces of all, Debussy’s Clair de lune and Liszt’s Nocturne No. 3 (“Liebestraum”). After the Debussy come Romantic pieces of various kinds, with Chopin effectively placed in the middle so as to show just how radical his treatment of this salon form really was. The second half of the program features music from the early 20th century and carries psychological overtones, bringing some delighful and largely forgotten pieces like Arthur Lourié’s A Phoenix Park Nocturne and Charles Tomlinson Griffes’ The Night Winds. A contemporary piece might have added zest to the program, but Lin deserves plenty of credit for defining a musical space and then filling it up. Her tone is initially more forceful than expected for this kind of music, but this is a performer with a vision original enough to bring listeners along for the ride. Hänssler Classics’ engineering work, at Virginia’s Sono Luminus studio, supports the artist’s aims beautifully.” (James Manheim, AMG)

01. Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 1 in B-Flat Minor
02. Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 2 in E-Flat Major
03. Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 3 in B Major
04. Nocturnes, Op. 15: No. 1 in F Major
05. Nocturnes, Op. 15: No. 2 in F-Sharp Major
06. Nocturnes, Op. 15: No. 3 in G Minor
07. Nocturnes, Op. 27: No. 1 in C-Sharp Minor
08. Nocturnes, Op. 27: No. 2 in D-Flat Major
09. Nocturnes, Op. 32: No. 1 in B Major
10. Nocturnes, Op. 32: No. 2 in A-Flat Major
01. Nocturnes, Op. 37: No. 1 in G Minor
02. Nocturnes, Op. 37: No. 2 in G Major
03. Nocturnes, Op. 48: No. 1 in C Minor
04. Nocturnes, Op. 48: No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor
05. Nocturnes, Op. 55: No. 1 in F Minor
06. Nocturnes, Op. 55: No. 2 in E-Flat Major
07. Nocturnes, Op. 62: No. 1 in B Major
08. Nocturnes, Op. 62: No. 2 in E Major
09. Nocturne in E Minor, Op. 72 No. 1
10. Nocturne in C Minor, B. 108
11. Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, B. 49

Jenny Lin, piano