Magazine article Gramophone

'The Spirio Sessions'

Magazine article Gramophone

'The Spirio Sessions'

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'The Spirio Sessions'

Caine Improvisation on Mozart's Piano Sonata, K545. Nine Miniatures--for solo piano; for two pianos Gesualdo Belta, poi che t'assenti. Itene, o miei sospiri. Non mai non cangero. 0 dolce mio tesoro Mozart Piano Sonata No 16, K545-Allegro D Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas--Kk27; Kk455; Kk492 Uri Caine, Jenny Lin pfs Steinway & Sons (F) STNS30044 (58' * DDD)

Spirio is a high-resolution player system developed by Steinway that captures and reproduces piano performances with unprecedented accuracy. One might call it a digital state-of-the-art player piano. I can personally attest to this, because I've been recording selections for Steinway's Spirio library.

Now that I've made my disclaimer, let's discuss these Spirio-derived recordings. The programme intersperses Scarlatti sonatas and Gesualdo transcriptions with sets of miniatures by Uri Caine, all performed by Jenny Lin. In the two-piano miniatures, Lin plays a through-composed part on top of which Caine improvises. He does the same thing throughout Lin's solo Scarlatti and Gesualdo tracks. …

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