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Get Happy , virtuoso showtunes for piano by Berlin, Gershwin, Loewe, Porter, Sondheim et al. / Jenny Lin, piano

> The Jazz Singer (arr. D. Hyman) - The Jazz Singer: Blue Skies (arr. D. Hyman)
> Girl Crazy (arr. E. Wild) - Girl Crazy, Act I: I got rhythm (arr. E. Wild)
> My Fair Lady (arr. S. Malzew) - My Fair Lady: Ascot Gavotte (arr. S. Malzew)
> Love me Tonight (arr. A. Weissenberg) - Love me Tonight: Lover (arr. A. Weissenberg)
> Jubilee (arr. C. Walter) - Jubilee: Begin the Beguine (arr. C. Walter)
> Sweeney Todd (arr. C. O'Riley) - Sweeney Todd: Johanna (arr. C. O'Riley)
> Carousel (arr. S. Hough) - Carousel: Carousel Waltz (arr. S. Hough)
> The King and I (arr. S. Hough) - The King and I: March of the Siamese Children (arr. S. Hough)
> Blue Moon (arr. A. Previn) - Blue Moon (arr. A. Previn)
> Top Hat (arr. D. Hyman) - Top Hat: Cheek to Cheek (arr. D. Hyman)
> Girl Crazy (arr. E. Wild) - Girl Crazy, Act I: Embraceable You (arr. E. Wild)
> Laura (arr. M.-A. Hamelin) - Laura: Meditation on Laura (arr. M.-A. Hamelin)
> Porgy and Bess (arr. D. Saperton) - Porgy and Bess, Act II: Bess, you is my woman now (arr. D. Saperton)
> Lady, be Good!: The Man I Love (arr. E. Wild) - Lady, be Good!: Fascinating Rhythm (arr. E. Wild)
> Kiss Me, Kate (arr. G. Anderson) - Kiss Me, Kate: So in Love (arr. G. Anderson)
> The Sound of Music: My Favorite Things (arr. S. Hough) - The Sound of Music: My Favorite Things (arr. S. Hough)
> The King and I (arr. S. Hough) - The King and I: Hello, young lovers (arr. S. Hough)
> 9:15 Revue (arr. S. Prutsman) - 9:15 Revue: Get Happy (arr. S. Prutsman)

Album Summary

>Berlin, Irving : Blue Skies
>Wild, Earl [Piano] : I Got Rhythm, etude for piano (Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs)
>Malzew, Stefan : Eliza in Ascot, variations on the "Ascot Gavotte" from My Fair Lady, for piano
>Rodgers, Richard : Lover, song (from film "Love Me Tonight")
>Porter, Cole : Jubilee
>Sondheim, Stephen : Johanna
>Rodgers, Richard : Carousel
>Rodgers, Richard : March of the Siamese Children, for orchestra (from "The King and I")
>Rodgers, Richard : Blue Moon, song (from "Babes in Arms")
>Berlin, Irving : Top Hat
>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Embraceable You, etude for piano (Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs)
>Hamelin, Marc-Andre : Meditation on "Laura," for piano (after Raksin)
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Fascinatin' Rhythm, etude for piano (Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs)
>Porter, Cole : Kiss Me, Kate
>Rodgers, Richard : The Sound of Music
>Rodgers, Richard : Hello Young Lovers, song (from "The King and I")
>Arlen, Harold : Get Happy, song (used in "9
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Jenny Lin's latest release on the Steinway & Sons label is a spectacular collection of show tunes arranged by Greg Anderson, Marc-André Hamelin, Stephen Hough, Dick Hyman, Stefan Malzew, Christopher O'Riley, André Previn, Stephen Prutsman, David Saperton, Cy Walter, Alexis Weissenberg and Earl Wild. Jenny Lin's previous release on the Steinway & Sons label, Silent Music, was chosen as one of the best albums of the year by the New York Times in 2011. Get Happy includes brand-new arrangements by Marc-André Hamelin (David Raskin's "Laura"), Stefan Malzew ("Eliza in Ascot" from My Fair Lady) and Greg Anderson (Cole Porter's "So In Love"). This is the first release to include all four of Stephen Hough's arrangements of the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein. World premiere recordings include Christopher O'Riley's gorgeous arrangement of "Johanna" from Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Alexis Weissenberg's exquisite version of "Lover" from the Rodgers & Hart musical film, Love Me Tonight. A very exciting release from Steinway!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (05/31/2012-06/02/2012).



Reviews

Impressive and Enjoyable Piano Songbook
Jenny Lin's "Get Happy" is a brilliantly-played virtuosic tribute to the great American songbook. After a subdued take on "Blue Skies," the album quickly becomes rather impressionistic ("I Got Rhythm," "Lover," "Laura") though many of the other tracks ("Carousel Waltz," "Cheek to Cheek," etc.) maintain a more easily-recognized grounding in the original material. Lin's performances offer a full range of color and expression, and she successfully bridges the gap between the intense technical classical demands of the arrangements (which generally sound like elaborate improvisations) and the popular idiom from which they derive. The recorded piano sound is excellent, with an ideal perspective on the instrument. In short, this is a fantastic jazz/classical piano album for those interested in sophisticated takes on classic show tunes.
Submitted on 01/29/13 by Sour Persimmons 
Fun disc!
This CD consists of various pieces performed by Jenny Lin that are, as the title implies, happy feel-good pieces. That does not detract from the fact that the arrangements she is performing are, in some cases, extremely difficult. The second track, "I Got Rhythm", certainly fits this description -- that's just a rollicking good time. “Begin the Beguine” is also just a treat to listen to -- and definitely challenging for a pianist with only 10 fingers!

There are also various works that require a delicate emphasis on the syncopation, and “Eliza in Ascot” is one of these. It does, of course, require adept pianistic skills at the end of the piece, and Ms. Lin is definitely up to the task.

While I tend to gravitate toward the more traditional music CDs of classical material, I really enjoyed this recording. It's okay to have a little fun every now and then, and this recording will leave you feeling good if you like the musical material being presented. Highly recommended.

Submitted on 11/19/12 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Berlin, Irving : Blue Skies
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Wild, Earl [Piano] : I Got Rhythm, etude for piano (Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs)
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973

>Malzew, Stefan : Eliza in Ascot, variations on the "Ascot Gavotte" from My Fair Lady, for piano
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rodgers, Richard : Lover, song (from film "Love Me Tonight")
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Jubilee
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Sondheim, Stephen : Johanna
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Rodgers, Richard : Carousel
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz

>Rodgers, Richard : March of the Siamese Children, for orchestra (from "The King and I")
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: United States of America.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March

>Rodgers, Richard : Blue Moon, song (from "Babes in Arms")
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Berlin, Irving : Top Hat
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Embraceable You, etude for piano (Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs)
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973

>Marc-André Hamelin (Piano) (1961 - ) : Meditation on "Laura," for piano (after Raksin)
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess :: Bess, You Is My Woman Now
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1935

>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Fascinatin' Rhythm, etude for piano (Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs)
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973

>Porter, Cole : Kiss Me, Kate
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : The Sound of Music
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: United States of America.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : Hello Young Lovers, song (from "The King and I")
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Arlen, Harold : Get Happy, song (used in "9 :: 15 Revue")
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1928