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Preludes To A Revolution / Jenny Lin


Release Date: 06/14/2005 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98480   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexei StanchinskyArthur Vincent LouriéAnatoly N. AlexandrovAlexander Scriabin,   ... 
Performer:  Jenny Lin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Pianist Jenny Lin's first (and hopefully not last) solo outing for Hänssler Classic brings us a rich gallery of Russian piano preludes dating from the decade before the 1917 Revolution and continuing through 1922. No doubt some composers' names here are more familiar than others, and not all of them are bonafide original creative voices--yet all of the pieces are interesting. The tonal ambiguity and mystic aura typifying late Scriabin (such as in his Op. 74 Preludes) also are evident in the Alexandrov Op. 10 Preludes, although No. 2 seems to morph Liszt's Valse Oubliée No. 1 onto Ravel. Samuel Feinberg's Op. 8 takes late Scriabin into more garish, polytextural territory à la
Read more Godowsky. By contrast, Nikolai Obouhov's starker keyboard deployment and quirky dynamic shifts sometimes foreshadow Messiaen's bell-like block chords and bird-like decorations. A delicate and evocative set of Preludes by the teenaged Arthur Vincent Lourié bears no hint of the Futurist iconoclast to come. And in Nikolai Roslavetz's Five Preludes, desolation and tender lyricism poignantly cohabit.


As usual, Lin's talent for creating enterprising programs is matched by intelligent musicianship, a technique that can handle anything, and a big, generous tone. She gives the charming Liadov Prelude a stronger sense of line and lilt than Olga Kern's less-shapely rendition, and she matches the slashing intensity of Piers Lane's splendid Scriabin Op. 74 group with just a little more room for the bass lines to heave their angst. The excellent annotations and engineering further seal my highest recommendation. [4/30/2005]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Preludes (5) for Piano by Alexei Stanchinsky
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907-1912; Russia 
2.
Prelude for Piano by Alexei Stanchinsky
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; Russia 
3.
Prelude in the Lydian Mode for Piano by Alexei Stanchinsky
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; Russia 
4.
Préludes fragiles (5) for Piano, Op. 1 by Arthur Vincent Lourié
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1908 - 1910). 
5.
Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 10 by Anatoly N. Alexandrov
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1915 - 1916). 
6.
Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 74 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Russia 
7.
Preludes (6) for Piano by Nikolaii Obukhov
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1914 - 1915). 
8.
Preludes (2) for Piano, Op. 2 by Ivan Wyschnegradsky
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; France 
9.
Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 8 by Samuel Feinberg
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Notes: Composition written: USSR (1917 - 1919). 
10.
Preludes (5) for Piano by Nikolai A. Roslavets
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919-1922; USSR 
11.
Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 57: no 1, Prelude in D flat major by Anatole Liadov
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1900-1905; Russia 
12.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 26: no 1, Prelude in B flat major by Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Russia 

Sound Samples

3 Pieces, Op. 57: Prelude in D flat major, Op. 57, No. 1
Prelude Op. 26, No. 1
5 Prelyudii (5 Preludes): Prelude No. 1 in C sharp minor
5 Prelyudii (5 Preludes): Prelude No. 2 in D major
5 Prelyudii (5 Preludes): Prelude No. 3 in E flat minor
5 Prelyudii (5 Preludes): Prelude No. 4 in C minor
5 Prelyudii (5 Preludes): Prelude No. 5 in A flat minor
Prelude (Prelyudiya): Prelude in E major
Prelyudiya v lidiyskom ladu (Prelude in the Lydian Mode): Prelude en mode lydique (Prelude in the Lydian Mode)
5 Preludes fragiles, Op. 1: Prelude No. 1
5 Preludes fragiles, Op. 1: Prelude No. 2
5 Preludes fragiles, Op. 1: Prelude No. 3
5 Preludes fragiles, Op. 1: Prelude No. 4
5 Preludes fragiles, Op. 1: Prelude No. 5
4 Preludes, Op. 10: Prelude No. 1
4 Preludes, Op. 10: Prelude No. 2
4 Preludes, Op. 10: Prelude No. 3
4 Preludes, Op. 10: Prelude No. 4
5 Preludes, Op. 74: Prelude No. 1
5 Preludes, Op. 74: Prelude No. 2
5 Preludes, Op. 74: Prelude No. 3
5 Preludes, Op. 74: Prelude No. 4
5 Preludes, Op. 74: Prelude No. 5
7 Preludes, "Prayers": Prayer No. 1
7 Preludes, "Prayers": Prayer No. 2
7 Preludes, "Prayers": Prayer No. 3
7 Preludes, "Prayers": Prayer No. 4
7 Preludes, "Prayers": Prayer No. 5
7 Preludes, "Prayers": Prayer No. 6
7 Preludes, "Prayers": Prayer No. 7
2 Preludes, Op. 2: Prelude No. 1
2 Preludes, Op. 2: Prelude No. 2
4 Preludes, Op. 8: Prelude No. 1
4 Preludes, Op. 8: Prelude No. 2
4 Preludes, Op. 8: Prelude No. 3
4 Preludes, Op. 8: Prelude No. 4
5 Preludes: Prelude No. 1
5 Preludes: Prelude No. 2
5 Preludes: Prelude No. 3
5 Preludes: Prelude No. 4
5 Preludes: Prelude No. 5

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