J. Lin: Stravinsky (Solo Piano Works)
Label: Steinway and Sons
If you've never taken the plunge into Stravinsky's piano works, it's hard to imagine a better single-album serving than this one. It may not include the Three Movements from Petrushka, but Lin's technique results in joyous readings of comparative rarities like the 1924 "Piano Sonata" (where she makes the rhythmic trickiness sound danceable). Lin also avoids the trap of trying to over-swing the composer's own arrangement of "Ragtime" or "Piano-Rag-Music." Instead, the pianist lets them stand as the hybrid curiosities they are. Don't miss this "Tango" either, or the "Infernal Dance."