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  • Audio CD (27 Nov. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Divine Art
  • ASIN: B000JLQSAQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc: 1

  1. The Complete Piano Music-Over 30 Tracks - Sinae Lee

Product Description

DIVINE 21400; DIVINE ART - Inghilterra; Classica da camera Piano

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Many times when listening these cds I just either bursted giggling or found myself laughing from sheer amazement and delight! Now this is a worthy tribute to Karol Szymanowski! Inferior, mediocre instrumentalists do really only little favor to this composer, but Sinae Lee seems to posess all the traits of a great pianist;
-she can bring out the texture transparently even when it's as thick as a Creme Brulee in a first class French reastaurant
-her scales are brilliant-her octaves tumultuos
-her pianissimos delicate
-and her fortissimos massive- sonorous and never pounding.

This recording was a real revelation, although one shouldn't miss few other noteworthy performances such as Mazurkas by Halina Czerny-Stefanska, the two Mazurkas op.62 played by the composer himself, Symphonia concertante (not included here but I just want to mention this) by Artur Rubinstein, Etudes op.33 by Mikhail Rudy (wonderful performances, the same disc inholds also Metopes, Masgues and few mazurkas), and Sonata 2 by Richter- though the sound-quality is frankly just horrible, the playing is grandiose. But how amazed I was that quite a few performances here are indeed the best (!) I've heard;
-Variations op.10- an outstanding performance!
-Sonata op.8- simply wonderful, opened my ears to the beauties of this work which I used to consider problematic.
-the 3rd Sonata- an ear-opener-performance of a work which I never really "got", much preferrable of a more famous performance by Piotr Andrzewski on EMI.

The amazing thing about Lee is in her ability to highlight the structure of these works. She's really a master of her craft!
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These fine recordings were made privately and were brought to my attention before the decision to license them for release was taken by Divine Art. I listened to them frequently during the six months preceding their official date of public release. Since in 1998 I had (as a pianist myself) recorded the Szymanowski piano sonatas on a commercial CD available from the same label/distributor (Divine Art), I was sent copies of Miss Lee's recordings by the company and was asked to offer an opinion, though I was not told who the performer was, nor was I given any biographical information. I wrote back with enthusiasm, speculating that the intelligence and logic of the playing indicated that the anonymous artist was a scholar-pianist who probably combined playing with Ph. D study - and so it proves, as the booklet notes tell us that the Korean pianist Sinae Lee prepared her performances in conjunction with a Ph. D on the composer's piano music. This is her debut commercial recording.

Miss Lee's achievement can be best appreciated in the context of the standard of previous recordings of this repertoire. Amongst her piano teachers is Philip Jenkins, whose own thoughtful LP recording of Szymanowski's Third Sonata was issued in 1980 (Gaudeamus KRS37); this masterpiece has also been well served in a recent recording for Virgin Classics by Piotr Anderszewski. Unfortunately, with the honourable exception of a handful of recordings such as these, the discography of Szymanowski's solo piano music over the decades has been undistinguished, and a major loss is that there have been no recordings of this repertoire by some of the great pianists who have expressed enthusiasm for it (such as Vladimir Horowitz, Vladimir Ashkenazy, John Ogdon).
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