Rodgers, Berlin, Gershwin et al.,
Steinway & Sons
[Release date 30.10.12]
Hodge-podge releases of light virtuoso piano tunes aren’t up my alley in the first place, but they can be when they’re a little more diverse than Richard Rodgers up and down, Irving Berlin, enriched with fluffy Gershwin. I very much prefer Michael Sheppard’s such collection, which includes Rodgers’ “The Carousel Waltz” and “My Favorite Things” and Earl Wild and Stephen Hough transcriptions, just as “Get Happy”, but also Barber and Bolcolm and Crumb. That’s no fault of Lin’s wholly amiable playing, but it’s hard to not think that her talents are wasted on an album of hotel-lobby pianism, presumably meant for us to say: “Play it again, Jenny”. But on second thought: Could you play something else, please?