, May 2012
The four sonatas on this Naxos disc were arranged by the composer from four of his Flute Sonatas Opp. 58 and 68; given the dearth of such music in the late eighteenth century, they constitute an important body of early solo chamber music for the clarinet.
..the melodic lines played by the piano…[are] relatively simple and undemanding compared to those of Mozart’s sonatas for solo instrument and piano, not to mention Beethoven’s. This music is really all about the solo wind instrumen…this is Mr. Kim’s show, and he’s a fine advocate for Devienne’s elegant high-Classical music…Mr. Kim is to be commended for executing Devienne’s quick runs, trills, and leaps with flute-like efficiency. He produces a clean, attractive sound from top to bottom of his range, injecting Devienne’s tender slow movements with a deeper sentiment—that’s especially true of the minor-key second movement of Sonata No. 1, which could almost be a Mozart Adagio.
Naxos’s recording from the University of Florida in Tallahassee is bright and clean and Kim’s playing makes this an attractive and valuable album…This is not just music for the clarinetist or the clarinet enthusiast but for all lovers of music from the age of Mozart. © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review