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Hidden Treasures

by Seunghee Lee & Evan Solomon

Combining sensitivity, skill and drive, Lee once again produces an exquisite recording that’s as technically perfect as it is exhilaratingly unrestrained. In her newest release, Hidden Treasures, Lee goes beyond boundaries to venture further into broadening the clarinet’s repertoire by making brave leaps into arranging famous symphonies and operatic arias for clarinet and piano. She takes some of the most expressive and beloved classical compositions that were originally written for voice, strings and piano, and beautifully delivers a stunning performance through her clarinet. Uncompromising in both talent and tenacity, Lee has been applauded by classical music critics the world over and praised for her brilliant playing style, her masterful technical skill and her silky nuanced tone.
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1. Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90: III. Poco Allegretto
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5:50 album only
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2. Roméo Et Juliette, Act I: "Je Veux Vivre"
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3:18 album only
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3. 6 Romances, No 6 in D-Flat Major, Op. 6 "None But the Lonely Heart"
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2:24 album only
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4. The Magic Flute, K. 620, Act II, No. 14: "Queen of the Night"
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2:34 album only
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5. I Vespri Siciliani, Act V: "Mercè, Dilette Amiche"
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3:33 album only
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6. Tosca, Act III: "E Lucevan Le Stelle"
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1:24 album only
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7. Faust, Act III: "Jewel Song" (Air Des Bijoux)
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3:07 album only
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8. L'Elisir d'Amore, Act II: "Una Furtiva Lagrima"
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3:39 album only
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9. The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Act III: "Flight of the Bumble Bee"
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1:20 album only
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10. Marriage of Figaro, K. 492, Act II: "Voi Che Sapete"
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2:33 album only
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11. Adagio for Clarinet and Piano, No. 3, Op. 23
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3:55 album only
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12. Gianni Schicchi, Aria: "O Mio Babbino Caro"
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1:59 album only
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13. Etude No.2 in A Minor, Op.10 "Chromatic"
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1:31 album only
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14. Carmen, Act I: "Seguidilla"
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1:54 album only
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15. Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe, BWV 156: III. Arioso
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3:33 album only
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16. La Danza, Tarantella Napoletana, Op. 104
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2:51 album only
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17. Turandot, Act III: "Nessun Dorma"
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2:40 album only
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18. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III: "Che Farò Senza Euridice"
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3:32 album only
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19. The Bohemain Girl, Act II: "I Dreamt That I Dwelt in Marble Halls"
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3:12 album only
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20. Intermezzo
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3:22 album only
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21. The Dancing Doll
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2:34 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It is with great joy and enthusiasm that I introduce my new album Hidden Treasures. I want to thank you for the love and encouragement I’ve received from so many of you, through emails and letters, for my previous album Embrace and my debut album Brava. It is through your words of affirmation and affection that I found the courage to go on searching for more pieces of music that work beautifully for clarinet and piano arrangement.

I am so honored and privileged to have this freedom to extract exquisite melodies from the vast selection of incredible music written by great composers throughout many generations. Tales of unrequited love, admiration, despair and vengeance are weaved throughout my selections in Hidden Treasures. Life has many ups and downs, and, time after time, genre after genre, human hearts experience the joy, excitement and agony that belong to the powerful force that is love. This amazing palette of emotions, which cannot be fully described with words, can sometimes be best expressed through the magical power of music, especially stirring in dramatic arias from fantastic operas. The simple joys of life can be heard in Gounod’s Je Veux Vivre and Air de Bijoux, and in Balfe’s I Dreamt that I Dwelt in Marble Halls; sadness and despair in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and Puccini’s Tosca; death and vengeance in Mozart’s Queen of the Night; and the triumph of love in Puccini’s Nessun Dorma. In Donizetti’s Una Furtiva Lagrima, from his opera L’Elisir d’amore, Nemorino’s hidden love for Adina drives him to acts of desperation, such as buying a “love potion” to gain the courage to declare his love to her. In Puccini’s O mio Babbino Caro, the young girl Lauretta begs her father for permission to marry her handsome lover, threatening to jump off a bridge if he does not relent. But even without such dramatic scenes in operas, we can also experience incredible emotion in lieders, such as loneliness in Tchaikovsky’s None but the Lonely Know and joyful playfulness in Rossini’s La Danza.

Perhaps Brahms’ love and admiration for Clara Schumann transcends all the opera stories, because for Brahms it was his real life story. Years of adoration for the great pianist Clara Schumann inspired him to compose and present his amazing Third Symphony as a gift to her on her 64th birthday. In my opinion, it is the most beautiful symphony ever written. My never-ending affinity for Brahms’s Third Symphony, especially the third movement, "Poco Allegretto", compelled me to go beyond my comfort zone and act upon my hidden desire to reinvent it as a clarinet and piano arrangement, making it my own. Despite being fully aware of the reactions this may attract from Brahms enthusiasts and music critics, my natural childlike curiosity of, “What would it be like if…” drove me to pursue and give life to this new repertoire for the clarinet, which I hope all clarinetists around the world will embrace.

A special and heartfelt thank you to Mr. Michele Mangani of Italy, who contributed to this project by composing and dedicating two beautiful pieces for me. Both Intermezzo and Dancing Doll are truly exquisite gems, and I feel privileged to be the first to record and present them in my Hidden Treasures. Enjoy!

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