Magazine article Gramophone

'Masques'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Masques'

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'Masques'

Debussy Masques Liszt Apres une lecture du Dante, S161 No 7 Lu Wencheng La lune d'automne au-dessus du lac tranquille (arr Chen Peixun) Schubert Drei Klavierstucke, D946 Scriabin Masque, Op 63 No 1 Szymanowski Three Masques, Op 34 Jiang Yi Lin pf Solaris (F) SOL14101 (73' * DDD)

The concept of masks both real and abstract purportedly unifies the present recital's diverse offerings; but the disc also adds up to a well-contrasted and musically stimulating programme. It takes both nerve and unusual pianistic assurance to open a recital with Szymanowski's dense and foreboding Three Masques, yet Jiang Yi Lin's command of the notes and textural clarity justify his daring. That said, Piotr Anderszewski's Gramophone Award-winning recording (Virgin, 9/05) probes deeper with regard to pinpoint dynamic control and heeding the composer's minute expressive directives. In the little Scriabin Op 63 No 1 Masque, Lin's delicate interpretation keeps the top melody in the foreground, whereas the slower Pascal Amoyel recording (La Dolce Volta) brings out more harmonic sensuality. His gently rounded Debussy Masques yields to JeanEfflam Bavouzet's quicker and more sharply accented traversal (Chandos, 1/08). …

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