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Hee-Young Lim launches 3 french-themed cello concertos

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On Sony Classical, cellist Hee-Young Lim has launched her first album - a French-themed mainly romantic programme comprising three cello concertos and a pair of showpieces for cello and orchestra. Born in South Korea Lim studied in Korea, USA, France and Germany. In 2016 Lim was appointed principal cellist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra leaving the following year. I notice that Lim in 2018 became cello professor at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. This is a début album to be proud of and Lim has chosen a captivating mix of celebrated works and lesser known repertoire. Saint-Saëns' first Cello concerto and Massenet's Meditation from Thaïs are two enduringly popular scores much loved by audiences. By contrast the cello concertos by Lalo and Milhaud, although high quality, are relatively unfamiliar repertoire together with Offenbach's Les larmes de Jacqueline a work I was hearing for the first time.

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