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Peter Quantrill
Gramophone, January 2020

Warren Lee is a young Hong Kong based pianist who talks engagingly on a promotional video about the composer’s transcription of the complete Prometheus score… © 2020 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



International Piano, November 2019

Lee has the knack of making ordinary sound better than it might… Naxos’ sound is warm and beautifully balanced. © 2019 International Piano



Mark S. Zimmer
MusicWeb International, October 2019

Pianist Warren Lee admirably follows Beethoven’s lead and gives us an equally straightforward interpretation of the lengthy score. …Lee’s reading is firmly in the Classical mode. That’s fitting since the ballet chronologically falls right between the composition of Beethoven’s first and second symphonies…

Where Lee really excels is in the softer and more legato sections of the piece. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Records International, September 2019

The composer’s piano version of the orchestral score was published not long after its premiere in 1801. Warren Lee (piano). © 2019 Records International



Lark Reviews, August 2019

Beethoven issued the piano arrangement himself before the orchestral scores so that this is not a reduction from the full score so much as the composer’s own approach to the work in the process of composition. It works extremely well and Warren Lee’s playing is engaging and alive throughout. © 2019 Lark Reviews



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2019

It is unclear whether Beethoven’s piano version of the ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus, came before or after the orchestral score, its use being for rehearsals.

That is usually the task of ‘an arranger’, but in this instance it was the work of Beethoven, and published as such. The whole project began when the dancer and choreographer, Salvatore Vigano, commissioned Beethoven—a most unlikely choice—to write a score for a ballet to be premiered in Vienna in 1801. Though the scenario no longer exists, the basis was the legend of Prometheus being punished by Zeus for the theft of fire for mankind, chaining him to a rock each day an eagle pecks away his life. The ballet seems to have been somewhat different in content, its success, or otherwise, is unknown, but when later staged in Milan in 1813, a new composer was asked to provide the music. Today the Overture is quite often heard in the concert hall, and though the complete score is seldom performed, the whole work appears on a most enjoyable Naxos release where Michael Halasz conducts the Melbourne Symphony (8.553404). Here we have the Hong Kong pianist, Warren Lee, a multiple prizewinner trained in London from where he has built a worldwide career. In his hands the temperature is raised in a highly charged overture, the clarity of articulation throughout to be much admired, while the impact of the stormy passages sit beside his elegant handling of the dances given to muses and musicians depicted in the second act. The recording was made in the UK last year. © 2019 David’s Review Corner





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