The Washington Post has described Jenny Lin as “one of the most interesting pianists in America.” Take a look at her wide range of recordings (over 20 to date), and you get a sense that she’s a musician who can play just about anything coupled with an adventurous flair for programming. She’s recorded Shostakovich’s Preludes & Fugues, music of the Catalan composer Federico Mompou, works for piano and orchestra by Ernest Bloch and a collection of Broadway show tunes arranged for piano. On her latest album, Lin delves into the rarely heard solo piano music of Stravinsky. We know him as a master composer for the orchestra, but many of those works began life at the keyboard. He wrote for the instrument over four decades, spanning all his stylistic changes. Lin performs most of Stravinsky’s important works for the piano, and includes the first work by Stravinsky that she learned: Guido Agosti’s fiendishly difficult transcription of The Firebird Suite.
Here’s a video of Jenny Lin playing the Infernal Dance from Stravinsky’s The Firebird: