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What is Hee-Young Lim listening to during lockdown? / GRAMOPHONE

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What are our musicians listening to during lockdown? GRAMOPHONE asked them each to nominate one recording that speaks to them at this particular time … Cellist Hee-Young Lim is the first Korean musician ever appointed as Professor to the Beijing Central Conservatory and was previously appointed as the Principal Solo Cellist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the first female Asian cellist to ever lead a section in a major European orchestra. Her second Sony Classical album, cello sonatas by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, is set for release in June.

she selects.......Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 Sergey Rachmaninov; Philadelphia Orchestra / Leopold Stokowski (RCA)

I would like to recommend Rachmaninov himself playing his own Second Piano Concerto. It's truly awe-inspiring and I never get tired of listening to how he performs his own work. His phenomenal playing and authentic interpretation have been a great inspiration for me. I've always listened to his playing of this Second Concerto when I am frustrated and it helps me get through challenging times. Knowing that he also went through depression – and this concerto was written after that difficult period in his life – makes me think that perhaps without the hardship, this concerto would not have been composed in this way or become such a masterpiece.