The brilliant 24-year-old Korean pianist HJ Lim, who signed an exclusive contract with EMI Classics in September 2011, has recorded her first project for the label, an ambitious traversal of the Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas. Lim, a Yamaha exclusive artist, recorded the sonatas on a Yamaha CFX concert grand piano in July and August 2011, grouping them into eight themes. The recordings will be released as four 2-CD sets over the course of 2012 with a complete deluxe box set to be available at the conclusion of the project.
Pianists who record the Beethoven sonatas cycle usually do so at the peak of long and storied careers. With this bold and controversial recording project, HJ Lim aims to prove that at the age of 24 she is ready to record the Beethoven sonatas now. She has the intelligence and artistic vision and her powerful performances have been captivating both traditional and new audiences. She has already performed complete Beethoven sonatas cycles over eight days each in France, Germany and Japan.
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'
Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 No. 1 'Quasi una fantasia'
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'