Pianist

Sinae Lee chooses as her recording debut a performance of the complete piano music by Szymanowski. Here Hamelin is sovereign in his single CD of the complete mazurkas, but if you want the complete piano music (and I can see no reason for not owning every single piece of Szymanowski), Lee is the choice between Martin Jones on Nimbus and Martin Roscoe on Naxos. Lee got her PhD on the topic of Szymanowski piano music and her fingers are as clever as her brain – none of the tricky passages in the daunting sonatas or studies startles her. Martin Jones is not helped by an over-reverberant piano and Martin Roscoe is solid, sturdy and, in the best sense of the word, playing safe. But Sinae Lee’s is the complete version to have.

—Marius Dawn