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Mozart: 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 4'

Magazine article Gramophone

Mozart: 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 4'

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Mozart

'Piano Sonatas, Vol 4' Piano Sonatas--No 3, K281; No 5, K283; No 13, K333; No 18, K576 William Youn pf Oehms (F) OC1856 (79' * DDD)

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William Youn is a pianist of great sensitivity, as previous reviewers of his Mozart sonata cycle have noted (5/14).

But more than that, he is a Mozartian of complete naturalness, which is no mean feat. He offers a beguiling reading of K281, its closing rondo given due playfulness.

He's notably gentle in the opening movement of the G major Sonata, K283, in terms of both touch and tempo. That does, however, mean the contrasting octave passage is slightly undercharacterised compared to Uchida and Hamelin, both faster and suitably military-sounding in that passage. However, I have no argument with Youn's slow movement, which lets the music unfold with complete inevitability, Marc-Andre Hamelin sounding a tad self-conscious by comparison; in the finale, though, the French-Canadian's easy virtuosity is exquisite, alongside which Youn sounds a little more cautious.

Youn imbues K333's Allegro first movement with a pleasing lilt, though I find others more compelling as the music takes a darker turn in the development. …

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