Tony Chen Lin’s Digressions
Bela BARTÓK (1881-1945)
Piano Sonata BB 88 (Sz. 80) [13:23] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 [17:06] Tony Chen LIN (b. 1988)
Digression (Meditation on R. S.) [5:15] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Humoreske, Op. 20 [30:10] Tony Chen Lin (piano)
rec. 2018, Adam Concert Room, New Zealand School of Music, Wellington
RATTLE RATD080 [66:06]
Pianist Tony Chen Lin understandably tries to explain and justify why he’s brought these particular four compositions together for a recital disc. Yet he doesn’t need to, because they add up to a wonderfully contrasted program.
Opening with Bartók’s Piano Sonata guarantees attention, especially considering Lin’s grounded rhythm and decisive articulation in the outer movements. In addition, he successfully reconciles the central movement’s sustained lyricism and forceful “pesante” qualities. Lin also strikes a happy balance mixing and matching legato cantabiles and clipped detaché phrases through Bach’s G major French Suite. My only half-quibbles concern an overly fast Bourrée, plus rhythmic mannerisms in the Gavotte and Loure.
While Lin displays plenty of sensitivity and musicality in Schumann’s Humoreske, I miss the textural clarity and marked contrasts in mood that ...continued