Here's a pitch for my friend Siow Lee Chin's début CD recording, Songs My Father Taught Me. Interestingly, this may be the very first solo recital CD from a Singaporean violinist (No, Vanessa-Mae doesn't count) and it sets a very high standard for future efforts. Lee Chin plays on a 1750 Guadagnini on loan from the National Arts Council, and is sympathetically partnered by pianist Albert Tiu.
BUY THIS! Not because I wrote the Lee Chin interview but because of the sensitive playing - lots of lovely lyrical lines, soaring virtuosity and requisite fireworks. Here's the programme: a healthy dose of gypsy music and mouth-watering lyrical pieces.
Hint: The CD costs $20.95 at Popular Bookstore / CD Rama, $24.95 at Borders and $27.95 at HMV.
For more information, please check out: http://www.leechin.com/