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SZYMANOWSKI: complete piano music
SINAE LEE

The music of Szymanowski is lively, thrilling, robust, and exciting. It is also immensely difficult to play,and few artists can cope with its technical demands of bravura and virtuosity.  One who can, with consummate skill and musicianship, is Sinae Lee, whose new recording "makes other versions of the complete piano works seem amateurish by comparison"  according to pianist Raymond Clarke, whose own disc of Szymanowski sonatas was rightly acclaimed.

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playing time: CD1 - 71.46  CD2  -65.25
CD3 - 67.12  CD4 - 69.13  
direct sale price:  £24.00 (4CD)
audio  sample: Prelude, op. 1, no. 5  

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tracks:

Prelude in C sharp minor (1901)
Nine Preludes, op. 1
Variations in B flat minor, op. 3
Four Studies, op. 4
Piano Sonata no. 1, op. 8
Variations on a Polish Theme, op. 10
Fantasy for Piano, op. 14
Prelude and Fugue (1905/09)
Piano Sonata no. 2, op. 21
Metopes, op. 29
Twelve Studies, op. 33
Masques, op. 34
Piano Sonata no. 3, op. 36
Twenty Mazurkas, op. 50
Romantic Waltz (1925)
Four Polish Dances (1926)
Two Mazurkas, op. 62

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“ This astounding set is as essential a purchase as the acclaimed Simon Rattle/EMI recordings of the orchestral works, and it is the most important collection ever to have been released of Szymanowski’s piano music. Sinae Lee’s release sets new standards for the performance of Szymanowski’s piano music, and her quest for accuracy has not in any way inhibited her playing’s wonderful sense of spontaneity. I am confident that any listeners responsive to late-Romantic music who buy this superb set will share my enthusiasm for it.” – Raymond Clarke (MusicWeb)
To hear the sound universe of Szymanowski in all its splendour, one needs the love and sensitivity of Korean pianist Sinae Lee, who offers this new performance in a brilliant recording on Divine Art. The result, quite simply is that everything here runs admirably right from the beginning and is quite simply extraordinary. Michel Tibbaut (Radio Belge)
“There is no excuse for hesitation… a truly rewarding experience. Jaw-droppingly good with a delivery that is staggering in its ability to bring out the nuances within the music. Wonderful and seemingly effortless control, immaculate phrasing and beautiful coloration, resulting in performances I’ve never heard equalled.” – Steve Arloff (MusicWeb)
“A young pianist unfazed by the exotic and complex demands… Lee’s command and lucidity are unfaltering… she is as true to the spirit as to the letter of every bar. Unflagging brio and refinement…an astonishing achievement” – Bryce Morrison (Gramophone)
“Sinae Lee certainly has the technical ability to master this repertory… she projects the msuci with a real sense of forward momentum and intensity… managing to bring welcome transparency of texture to the involved contrapuntal layering. Performance
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“Lee is the choice…her fingers are as clever as her brain… Sinae lee’s is the complete version to have” – Marius Dawn (Pianist Magazine)
“A terrific survey of Szymanowski’s works… Lee’s sensitive and probing performances of Szymanowski provide a marvellous, fulfilling and informative way to spend four hours” - David Lewis (All Music Guide)