Pianist HJ Lim Releases Complete Beethoven Sonatas
Young Pianist makes her EMI Classics Debut with Complete Beethoven Sonatas, exclusively on the iTunes U.S. store
"A physically exuberant player, Ms. Lim tossed back her long, untied hair during more tumultuous moments and played with expressive commitment and colorful nuance throughout ...Ms. Lim's intellectual analysis and emotional engagement resulted in fresh, vigorous interpretations." The New York Times reviewing HJ playing Beethoven in concert
NEW YORK, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today marks the release of the debut album from 25-year-old Korean pianist HJ Lim - an ambitious traversal of the Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, grouped into eight distinct themes which HJ has chosen and explained in her in-depth and thoughtful liner notes. In order to support this extraordinary young talent, EMI Classics has released the entire album – 99 tracks and 9 hours of music – for only $9.99, exclusively on the U.S. iTunes Music Store.
Pianists who record the Beethoven sonatas cycle usually do so at the peak of long and storied careers. When asked why she chose to record all 30 Beethoven sonatas at such a young age, HJ responded: "Nothing in life is guaranteed, there's no certainty that I'll be here in five, ten years – even tomorrow! When you feel as passionately about something as I feel about these works, you have to go ahead and do it." Her earnest and ardent desire to share the power and beauty she finds inherent in this music was evident to a recent New York Times writer, who noted that HJ had both "plenty of original ideas and the technique to carry them out."
HJ (short for Hyun-Jung) Lim left her native South Korea at age 12, moving by herself to France to study piano. Three years later she became the youngest person to receive a Music Studies diploma from the Normandy conservatory, and continued on to graduate with top honors from the national conservatories of Rouen and Paris. In 2007, she was awarded First Prize by unanimous decision at the FLAME Competition in Paris. She records exclusively for EMI Classics.
Introductory video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnRvxMaQ2kc
SOURCE EMI ClassicsBack to top