The Etudes Project, Vol. 1 - Iceberg (2019)

Chopin, Burtzos, Glass, Russ, RACHMANINOFF, Stafylakis, Scriabin, Anderssen, Debussy, Boyd, Seeger, Cooper, Ligeti, Healy, Hosokawa, Chie, Chin, Baez, Messiaen, Grafe

Jenny Lin

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The Etudes Project, Volume One: Iceberg is a new DSD release from pianist Jenny Lin on the Sono Luminus label. Commissioned by pianist Jenny Lin, the album features ten études that were written by the composer members of Iceberg New Music as the inaugural collection of Ms. Lin's Études Project:

Jenny Lin says “I have always been fascinated by the intricate history of piano études, and how throughout written music it has continued to be one of the most important genres in keyboard literature. How did we get from Bach’s Clavier-Übung to Philip Glass’s Piano Etudes? And where is the form going now? I hope to explore these questions through The Etudes Project."

Rather than provide a specific étude prompt for each member of ICEBERG, Lin gave them free rein to challenge her technique. Then, after the pieces were written, she paired each new work with an existing “partner” étude from the Western canon (including works by Messiaen, Glass, Ligeti, Unsuk Chin, Debussy, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and others) with which she, and each composer, found a kindred musical relationship.

ICEBERG New Music’s Alex Burtzos explains: “Jenny and the ICEBERG member composers have gone back and forth for over a year about every aspect of this album - from specific technical questions about the pieces themselves to questions regarding their companion repertoire works and ordering in the finished program. What listeners will hear in the album is the result of 11 artists thinking deeply about the étude as a concept, and their personal places in the ongoing history of the genre.

In the 10 new works, the ICEBERG composers explore everything from aleatoric atmospheres to Chicago house music, forcing Jenny to demonstrate her immense virtuosity in a variety of different styles. This, we think, is a new approach to designing concerts (and albums), one that challenges artists and rewards listeners by demonstrating the depth and breadth of contemporary composition.”

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Jenny Lin

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 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. Since 2014, she has joined Philip Glass in his ongoing world tour of his Etudes.  

Jenny’s extensive discography includes critically acclaimed recordings on Steinway & Sons, hänssler CLASSIC, eOne Records, BIS Records, Albany Records, and Sunrise Records. Since 2000, she has over thirty albums to her credit. A passionate advocate for education, Jenny created “Melody’s Mostly Musical Day,” a musical picture book for children following the adventures of an imaginative little girl from breakfast to bedtime, told in a collection of 26 classical piano works from Mozart to Gershwin. She is the central figure in Cooking for Jenny by Elemental Films, a musical documentary portraying her journey to the north of Spain and meeting with composer Javier López de Guereña for the preparation of the world premiere of his piano concerto ZAHARA.

Born in Taiwan and raised in Austria, Jenny studied with Noel Flores at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, with Julian Martin at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and with Dominique Weber in Geneva. She has also worked with Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, and Blanca Uribe, and with Dimitri Bashkirov and Andreas Staier at the Fondazione Internazionale per il pianoforte in Como, Italy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in German Literature from Johns Hopkins University and currently resides in New York City. Jenny Lin is a Steinway Artist.

photo: from website Sono Luminus

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The Etudes Project, Vol. 1 - Iceberg (2019)

Chopin, Burtzos, Glass, Russ, RACHMANINOFF, Stafylakis, Scriabin, Anderssen, Debussy, Boyd, Seeger, Cooper, Ligeti, Healy, Hosokawa, Chie, Chin, Baez, Messiaen, Grafe

Jenny Lin

Digital Converters: Recorded with Merging Technologies Horus. Mastered with Merging Technologies Hapi.
Mastering Engineer: Daniel Shores
Piano: Steinway Model D #590904 (New York)
Producer: Dan Merceruio - Executive Producer: Collin J. Rae
Recording Engineer: Daniel Shores
Recording location: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia — April 15-17, 2019
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: Legacy Audio

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Accretion
Grafe
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Etude de rythme No. 1, I-32 'Ile de feu'
Messiaen
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Etude No. 1 'Corona'
Baez
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Etude No. 6 'Grains'
Chin
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To the Convergence
Chie
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Etude for Piano No. 1 '2 Lines'
Hosokawa
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Etude for Melancholy Robots No. 3 'Trains'
Healy
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Etude No. 1 'Desordre'
Ligeti
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Etude No. 1 'Unleashed'
Cooper
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Study in Mixed Accents
Seeger
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Lilac, Flower Catalog
Boyd
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12 Etudes, L. 136, Livre 2 - No. 11, Pour les arpeges composes
Debussy
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Walk
Anderssen
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Etude in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 8 No. 2
Scriabin
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Piano Etudes, Book 1 - No. 1, Obstinata 1, Barbed Wire
Stafylakis
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Etude-Tableaux in D Minor, Op. 33 No. 4
RACHMANINOFF
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Knuckles
Russ
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Etude No. 13
Glass
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Should the Wide World Roll Away
Burtzos
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Etude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 10 No. 4 'Torrent'
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