Jenny Lin: Night Stories — Nocturnes

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Yes she wants you to know this is music for the night: a nocturne (from the French for nocturnal) is music inspired by the night but she’s called the album Night Stories just in case. It’s an album for playing in the evening, preferably in the dark.

There are tracks by the likes of Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Fauré, Chopin and Grieg, and all the tracks are either called nocturne (most of them) or have night in the title, whether it be nacht or soir. The exception is Debussy’s Clair de Lune.

Her piano playing is subtle or more powerful as needed; while she’s clearly excellent we’d guess the playing is merely very good as opposed to sublime but the pieces have a sensuality about them that makes it interesting.

A very relaxing album without ever being background.

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Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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