, March 2012
Onay’s approach to Schubert’s C-Minor Sonata, D 958, the largest work on her interesting new Sono Luminus disc, tends toward the lyrical rather than the dramatic. Generally relaxed tempos allow her to bring out many intricacies of voice-leading that go unheard in more rushed readings. That said, the furious tarantella of the finale moves along at a terrific clip, its momentum never flagging. Throughout, the trademarks of Onay’s style—precise articulation, judicious pedaling, and extreme clarity—are everywhere in evidence. Her superb sense of cantabile playing also imbues Haydn’s F-Minor Variations. Here her interpretation strikes as ineffably French, more wistful than tragic, and always emotionally at one with the musical affects.
Ultimately it is Onay’s unqualified emotional identification with the music she plays, conveyed with an honest and impeccable technique, that makes her performances so persuasive. One looks forward to hearing more from her. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare