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I wish I could be more enthusiastic about this intelligently programmed disc. Lim is not particularly well served by the recording, which tends to lack depth. But her problem is that she cannot align herself with these composers fully, so that everything sounds at an interpretative remove. This is most obvious in the Scriabin Sonatas. In No 4 she cannot quite capture the perfumed, elusive quality at the heart of the music, while in the Fifth Sonata she misses the primal, gestural aspect. Her Ravel suffers from similar faults. Any sense of ecstasy is missing (in the Valses nobles and particularly in La valse). The Sonatine is merely superficial, missing any sense of the suave or sophisticated. Try Osborne on Hyperion for a truer experience. If the slighter Scriabin pieces fare better, it can hardly generate a recommendation.

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