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James Harrington
American Record Guide, January 2017

Naxos gives [Lee’s] beautiful piano sound and extensive, detailed notes. She has an excellent feel for Scriabin’s music, and this series already shows real promise. I can’t wait for her to get into the sonatas. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2016

Alexander Scriabin wrote a sizeable quantity of piano cameos in the fashionable salon music style that lasted through the years that opened the Twentieth century. I cannot work out why these groups of works are here being split up, so that we have, for instance, the second of the Four Pieces opus 56 on track 5 and the third on track 10. You are left to guess where one and four have gone to. Maybe the extremely talented young Korean-American, Soyeon Kate Lee, who has been gathering an enviable collection of major competition awards, feels this is more innovative programme planning. She certainly has the ability to grab our attention in the brief but quirky pieces, and, as with her previous Scriabin disc, displays playing of lyrical beauty. When, as in the more extensive tracks—the Allegro appassionato and Fantasie opus 28—she brings a vibrancy to the long passages, and, when given the opportunity, also demonstrates an enviable technique. I just wish she had held back momentarily at the climactic moments in the Fantasie, as it would then have been my new bench-mark performance. I also enjoyed her account of a series of Impromptus where she allows herself a degree of rhythmic freedom that is in character with the music. Another immaculate recording from the Naxos Canadian team capturing the delicacy of her pianissimo passages. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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