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Byline: Mozart William Youn

THIS is the third disc in Korean pianist William Youn's survey of Mozart's piano sonatas for the German Oehms label in which he gives us a nicely balanced, and well-recorded, recital programme.

In Mozart's mature and substantial F major K.533 Youn takes almost 33 minutes - nearly ten more than Mitsuko Uchida (Philips) - since he observes all Mozart's repeat marks.

Fine as Youn's crisply articulated playing is, you may find the Andante, at nearly a quarter of an hour, too much of a good thing.

He gives a neat and charming performance of the C major sonata K.279 and a lively wellpaced version of Mozart's A major K.331 Alla Turca sonata, with the first movement's six variations helpfully tracked separately.

It's nicely done but in the famous Turkish rondo Maria Joao Pires (DG), with a little rubato and subtler phrasing, makes it not only frolicsome but a celebration of Mozartian humour.

Norman Stinchcombe

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jan 7, 2016
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