Kids may not make good air traffic controllers or neurosurgeons, but they sometimes emerge as outstanding musicians. Telarc's Shannon Lee is a case in point â€“- Lee is all of 15 years of age at the time of release. Though Lee is technically still a student, she is well on her way to becoming a seasoned professional; Lee made her debut in Texas playing the murderously difficult Franz Waxman Carmen Fantasy at the tender age of 12.
Here Shannon Lee is presented in a mixture of recital encores and solo pieces, with piano provided by Pamela Mia Paul. Most of the repertoire choices are sure-fire and familiar, but there are a couple of surprises, such as Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst's transcription of Schubert's song ErlkÃ¶nig. In slower pieces, such as Elgar's Salut d'amour, Lee hits all the notes and sounds fine, but she doesn't yet have great depth of expression. Only years of experience impart such facility, and one suspects Lee is aware of that since she doesn't seem impatient to cultivate it at this early stage. However, when it comes to the hyper-fast, dizzying virtuoso pieces, Lee finds herself at home, and her abilities in that area are jaw dropping. Moreover, these performances are informed by her youthful esprit and seemingly boundless energy; her Kreisler Tambourin Chinois is phenomenally exciting, for instance. Introducing Shannon Lee might well serve as tool to interest other kids in picking up the violin, as it is engaging, entertaining, and fun.
Kreisler: Tamborin Chinois
Scriabin / Szigeti: Etude in Thirds, Op. 8/10
Rimsky-Korsakov / Heifetz: Flight of the Bumble Bee
Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst: ErlkÃ¶nig (after Schubert)