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Myron Silberstein
Fanfare, September 2016

…Lee gives these works a fully committed performance, playing them about as well as they can be played. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



James Harrington
American Record Guide, May 2016

All the signs of harmonic adventure to come in Scriabin’s music is here, as well as occasional glimpses into the rhythmic complexities of his later works. Lee has a rock-solid grasp of these aspects, which makes for an enlightened look at early Scriabin. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Alex Baran
The WholeNote, April 2016

Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has a modest discography but a talent that deserves more exposure. Her newest recording Scriabin – Piano Music (Naxos 8.573527) is a deliberate choice of the composer’s lesser known works, and as such, a wonderful find. …The Two Pieces, Op. 57 (1908) are the most contemporary of the set and Lee delights in all the gentle angularities of Scriabin’s melodies. She is always completely certain of where the most important material lies and highlights it artfully, even if only a passing note. Lee is very generous with her rubato, taking all the time to exploit hesitant moments for their greatest effect. Her consistently fluid technique is a pleasure to experience…

This is a very engaging recording for its fine repertoire choice and thoughtful playing. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), April 2016

Tolstoy described Alexander Scriabin’s music as “a sincere expression of genius,” while Scriabin described himself as “all impulse, all desire.” His virtuosity rivalling that of Rachmaninoff, the young musician and composer found inspiration in his idol, Chopin, while still touching his compositions with Russian darkness and passion. This album by pianist Soyeon Kate Lee includes the child prodigy’s Canon in D Minor, composed when Scriabin was only 11 years old. © 2016 WFMT (Chicago)



Jerobear
Review Corner, April 2016

The music feels very human and is more interested in touching the soul than being precise and there is a lack of repetition. The album is mostly flowing and gentle, though there are some powerful moment. © 2016 Review Corner Read complete review




Charles Pope Jr.
ConcertoNet.com, February 2016

…Soyeon Kate Lee has provided a recording distinguished by exemplary playing which has been lovingly recorded, and enables exposure to some of Scriabin’s least known piano works. Her effort is commendable, very welcome and bodes well for this young artist’s future projects. © 2016 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review



Classic FM, February 2016

…an unhackneyed selection of some of Scriabin’s less well known piano music, all of it approachable, and all very competently played by the young Korean/American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee. © 2016 Classic FM Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2016

In a rather ad-hoc fashion, Naxos are slowly putting together the complete piano works by the nineteenth century Russian keyboard virtuoso, Alexander Scriabin. The disc also introduces us to the young Korean-American pianist, Soyeon Kate Lee, who over the last twelve years has been gathering together a collection of major competition awards, and now enjoys a busy concert career on both sides of the Atlantic. Her participation in this series comes at a time when she is left with not much more than sixteen short cameo pieces, many brought together to form a more substantial score, such as opus 7 and 12, each of which offer Two Impromptus. For Lee each track comes to a close before she has chance to exhibit her keyboard skills, but what we do hear is playing of lyrical beauty that takes Scriabin closer to Chopin than to Rachmaninov. The second of Two pieces for Left Hand is particularly poetic, and throughout I much enjoyed the feeling of ebb and flow she brings to the music. From a time perspective the disc largely reaches into the later years of Scriabin’s short life but sets out with the eleven-year old’s Canon in D minor. An immaculate recording from the Naxos Canadian team, and I hope we will hear a lot more from Lee. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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