Bei der ersten klassischen CD-Produktion von Greenhouse Music (Veröffentlichung im Juni 2001) handelt sich um die junge Pianisten Entdeckung JENNIFER LIM.

Die 25-jährige Künstlerin lebt in New York / USA und hat ihren Abschluß als Konzert-pianistin auf der Julliard school of music gemacht. Sie war bereits Preisträgerin mehrerer internationaler Klavierwettbewerbe und Schülerin großer weltbekannter Meister. Wir sind sehr stolz (!), Ihre grandoise CD-Einspielung mit Kompositionen von Frederic Chopin auf unserem erweiterten Label präsentieren zu können! Ihre virtuose, tiefe und romantische Spielweise kann als außergewöhnlich und für eine derart junge Künstlerin als meisterhaft bezeichnet werden!

"Canadian pianist Jennifer Lim first came into attention when she captured Grand Prize at the Korea Times National Music Competition at age 8. She has since been trained at the Juelliard School in New York and the Curtis Institute of Music, where upon graduation She was awarded the coveted Rachmaninoff Prize. Her numerous concert appearances include performances at New York´s Merkin Concert Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Orchestra´s Schubert Fest, Orpheum Theatre and Chan Centre in Vancouver, Annenberg Theatre in Palm Desert, California, in Boston, Toronto and Quebec.
Having been a soloist with many orchestras, she recently joined the Seoul National Symphony on their tour to Canada, and has performed with Vancouver Symphony, CBC Chamber Orchestra and Puchon Philharmonic, among others. She has garnered top prizes at Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and Canadian Music Competition (Montreal): in June 2000, she was awarded a diplom at the 3rd Clara Schumann International Competition in Duesseldorf, Germany.
Having been praised for her "sweet, soulful and poignant" as well as "spellbinding" performances, as a pianist with "blazing temperament and technique", her teachers over the years include such eminent musicians as Bella Davidovich, Peter Serkin, Jane Coop and Anton Kuerti."

The Third Sonata, Op. 58 is one of Chopin´s most profound and sophisticated composotions. Written in 1844, the sonata is representative of Chopin´s mature style, which is often contrapuntal and motivie in design but nonetheless influenced by the operatic bel canto tradition in the more melodious and lyrical passages.

The Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op. 22 has an interesting background: it is in fact a coupling of two seperate compositions. The Polonaise is an independent work with orchestra accompaniment written in 1830 while the Andante is a separate piece from 1834. It is now customary to omit the orchestra part that originally accompanies the Polonaise when the unified version is perormed.

The Second Scherzo, Op. 31 from 1837 is an unusual piece in that it has two, instead of one, "main" key areas, namely, Bb minor (which begins the piece) and ist relavtive major, Db major (which ends the piece) The passages associated with the former are of a volatile and tragic nature while those with the latter are more majestic and joyous, thereby creating a distinct dramatic contrast between the two key areas.

Although the exact date of composition of the First Ballade, Op. 23 remains uncertain today, historians believe that it probably comes from around 1835 or earlier but not prior to 1833. The melancholic sections and the virtuoso passages (the spirit of which is reminiscent of the brilliant style that is characteristic of Chopin´s earlier works) are seamlessly held together here by a sonata-form structure.

By Sean Yung-Hsiang Wang


Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin (1810 - 1849) was Poland´s best known composer of the nineteenth century. He grew up in Warsaw and received his first music lessons from his mother. Before the age of ten his musical genius had already been widely recognized by the locals, who hailed him as a second Mozart. While still in his teens, he had established himself in Warsaw as a successful pianist-composer. In 1830 he left Poland for a European concert tour, unaware that he would never see his homeland again. Four weeks after his departure, while he was in Vienna, an uprising broke out in Warsaw and he consequently decided not to return partly because of his physical frailty (he was in poor health for the most part of his life).
Chopin arrived in Paris in 1831 and quickly established himself there as a teacher, composer, and, by choice, performer mostly in intimate setting of the salon. His music also began to be published in France, Germany and England. The positive experiences had made him feel at home in Paris despite his ongoing nostalgia for Poland.
In 1836 Chopin met the novelist George Sand and two years later the two started a close yet strange love affair: Sand later claimed that it was her maternal instinct, more than anything else, that drew her to him. Perhaps it was this aspect of ther relationship that allowed Chopin, who lived with her family in Nohant during the period of ther liaison, to produce his most mature and sophisticated works. Their relationship lasted until 1847. In the following year, after a brief trip to England and Scotland, Chopin´s health rapidly deteriorated. He remained bed-stricken during his final months and died in Paris on October 17, 1849, at the age of thirty-nine.

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