Monday, February 15, 2010

William Grant Still's 'Gamin' on Lee-Chin Siow's Well-Reviewed CD 'Songs My Father Taught Me'

[Songs My Father Taught Me; Lee-Chin Siow, violin]

On March 10 and May 23, 2009 we posted favorable reviews of the manner in which Lee-Chin Siow played the violin part in William Grant Still's Suite for Violin and Piano, whose final movement is
Gamin. The violinist's Project Manager took note of the mentions and said to us:

Warmest greetings from Singapore!” “Thank you for featuring Lee-Chin in your blog. I thought you might like to know that her recording of William Grant Still's Gamin' was very well received by a critic in the American Record Guide (Nov/Dec 2009): 'Rarely have I been more enchanted with unknown gems like William Grant Still's 'Gamin' or Amy Beach's lovely Romance, both played with engaging charm and obvious affection.'" “You may also like to view her performance of Gamin on YouTube:” [2:12]

In addition to the remark quoted from the November/December issue of American Record Guide, author Robert Markow wrote:
“Even before playing a note, just from the way an artist crosses the stage and eyes an audience, she can establish a rapport that commands close attention and earns immediate respect. Singaporean violinist Lee-Chin Siow is one of those artists. 'I'm glad to be here and I'm going to do everything possible to make you glad too' is the message that unmistakably radiated from the stage of Simons Art Center at the College of Charleston (South Carolina) on May 22 when Lee-Chin (her given name) presented a recital with pianist Enrique Graf in conjunction with the American launch of her first CD, 'Songs My Father Taught Me' (available at or”
[William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at, where a complete Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma is found.]

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