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Hyun Jung Lim was born in South Korea and emigrated on her own at the age of 12 to France to study. Three years later, she became the youngest person to earn a Diplôme d’Études Musicales Complètes (Normandy). She subsequently graduated with a First Prize and Highest Distinction from the Conservatoire National de Rouen and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de ... Read more in Amazon's HJ Lim Store

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  • Conductor: __
  • Composer: Maurice Ravel, Alexander Scriabin
  • Audio CD (February 11, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00D7JSK5S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Charismatic, engaging, and adventurous, 25-year-old pianist HJ Lim has captivated audiences around the world with her intense, transcendent performances and unique, deeply-felt interpretations. Her debut album of the Complete Beethoven Sonatas debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Charts as well as the iTunes classical charts, and her YouTube videos have gained her well over half a million views to date. Her ambitious new album is made up of a varied collection of waltzes and sonatas by Scriabin and Ravel, centered around the dark and mystical sound-worlds of Ravels Valses nobles et sentimentales and La Valse, and Scriabin's shadowy fourth and fifth piano sonatas. Several smaller works balance out this extraordinarily virtuosic program.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John J. Puccio TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 11, 2014
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Ms. Lim begins the program with the little Valses nobles et sentementales by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) where she demonstrates that she is still a belter, a tad heavy-handed in the bigger moments yet able to communicate the French composer’s soft, dreamy atmosphere when necessary. Nonetheless, under Lim these semi-waltzes never fall into sentimentality but maintain a steadfast twentieth-century mood of defiance. There is much variety in Ravel's colorful, evocative tone pictures, and Ms. Lim exploits the best of it with delicacy and precision. She isn't quite as dreamy as some pianists in Ravel's music, yet she communicates a quiet grace.

Next up we find several brief piano sonatas (Nos. 4 and 5), a couple of poems (Nos. 1 and 2), and a waltz (Op. 38), all by Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915). Under Lim, No. 4 comes off with a gentle touch, No. 5 with a more fiery yet vaguely erotic tone, the poems properly contrasting, and the waltz "smooth and easy" as Scriabin himself described it. Each of them comes wrapped in Scriabin's usual Romantic mysticism, although Ms. Lim is careful to include his more fiery side as well.

The program concludes with one of Ravel's most-famous pieces on the disc, La Valse. Ravel had intended it in its orchestral form as the basis for a ballet, which the impresario Sergei Diaghilev rejected, calling it "a portrait of a ballet...a picture of a ballet," but not a ballet. In any case, audiences have loved immensely both the orchestral version of La Valse and the piano version we get here. More important to this review, Ms. Lim addresses the piece with intensity, power, and sensitivity. Ravel's ironic representation of the traditional waltz appears not lost on Lim, who well captures the work's intricacies.

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