The Etudes Project, Vol. 1: Iceberg / Jenny Lin

Release Date: 10/25/2019
Label: Sono Luminus
Catalog Number: DSL-92236
Performer: Jenny Lin
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The term étude first started to turn up in musical literature in the late 1700s, and came into common usage in the first half of the 19th century. The notion of a piece of music exactingly engineered to promote some specific aspect of technique was nothing new; in her public presentations of “The Étude Project,” pianist Jenny Lin traces the concept back to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Clavier-Übung, four volumes of keyboard exercises published between 1726 and 1741 — the final volume known more widely as the “Goldberg” Variations.

Countless composers have risen to the challenge of the étude. This album, the first documentation of a sweeping project conceived by Lin, includes some of the most famous examples – Debussy, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Messiaen, Ligeti, and Glass – alongside equally noteworthy contributions to the format by such mavericks as Ruth Crawford Seeger, Toshio Hosokawa, and Unsuk Chin. Lin further pairs each of her canonical selections with an entirely new work by a member of ICEBERG New Music, a determinedly heterodox collaborative of 10 gifted young composers who represent a broad range of stylistic inclinations, but who are united by their enduring faith in substance and craft.

Bucking a current fad, the new études were not proposed as sequels or responses to existing works. Lin simply asked the ICEBERG composers to challenge her, and then used her own keen ear and sure instincts to find sympathetic pairings. Driving rhythms and rich harmonies link pieces by Alex Burtzos and Chopin. Rangy scatterings of notes present a frolicsome affinity between Victor Baez and Unsuk Chin. Stephanie Ann Boyd and Debussy both deploy dreamy arpeggios in rippling waves; and so on. In each case, hearing the new piece enhances your understanding of the older one—and vice versa. Identifying affinities among old and new music, and among familiar and unknown pieces, is a knack Lin has demonstrated again and again throughout her career—and it’s part of what makes her not only a persuasive interpreter, but also an invaluable guide and companion. Stated simply: you are in extraordinarily sure hands, here.

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REVIEW:

Aligning with composers of ICEBERG New Music, pianist Jenny Lin gave its ten members absolute freedom of style and pianistic approach when crafting new etudes for her. In addition to her Herculean playing, the fearless pianist brings curatorial prowess to bear in pairing each new etude with an existing work from the canon. Have a listen to this disc and then have another. The Etudes Project will repay you manifestly.

– The Whole Note (CA)

Works on This Recording
1. Études (4) de rhythme: no 1, Ile de Feu no 1 "Presque vif" by Olivier Messiaen
Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; France
1. Accretion by Max Grafe
Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Contemporary
2. Etudes (6) for Piano, Book 1: no 1, Désordre by György Ligeti
Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1985 ; Berlin, Germany
2. Etudes (6) for Piano: No. 6, Grains by Unsuk Chin
Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Contemporary
3. Piano Study in Mixed Accents by Ruth Crawford Seeger
Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
Written: 1930 ;
3. Etude for Piano No. 1 "2 Lines" by Toshio Hosokawa
Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Contemporary
4. Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 2: no 11, Pour les arpèges composées by Claude Debussy
Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915 ; France
5. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 2 in F sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1894 ; Russia
6. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33: no 4 in A minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1911 ; Russia
7. Etudes for Piano, Book 2: No. 13, — by Philip Glass
Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
8. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 4 in C sharp minor, B 74 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1832 ; Poland
9. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33: no 4 in A minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1911 ; Russia
10. Etudes for Piano, Book 2: No. 13, — by Philip Glass
Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
11. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 4 in C sharp minor, B 74 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1832 ; Poland
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