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James Harrington
American Record Guide, May 2013

Kim, a dynamic, exciting young pianist with seemingly limitless technique, gives us world class performances.

Naxos offers excellent sound and great program notes. I have to give this release a strong recommendation and add that there should be several more Prokofieff discs in Kim’s future. There are many groups of short pieces from this great Russian composer that deserve this kind of talent. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Raymond Beegle
Fanfare, May 2013

It is possible that I am much more admiring of Dong Kyu Kim’s playing of Prokofiev than Prokofiev himself might have been…[Prokofiev] would certainly have applauded the young man’s virtuosity and relentless rhythmic intensity. There is depth here, and forthrightness. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, April 2013

Kim’s…playing throughout is impressive: the technical demands are handled with aplomb (and in many of these works, the demands are considerable)…This is a very useful supplement to anyone’s Prokofiev collection, and the fact that it’s so well-played and well-recorded makes it all the more valuable. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Robert Cummings
Classical Net, February 2013

…DongKyu Kim…is obviously a hugely talented pianist…his manner is quite thrilling and fully convincing. Kim plays the exceedingly challenging Andante semplice brilliantly.

The Four Pieces, Op. 3, are…youthful works of considerable appeal…Kim plays the entire set as well as anyone I’ve heard.

In the…substantive Op. 32 set of Four Pieces, Kim effectively brings out the humor, quaint character and subtleties of each of these works. The Minuet is especially charming…

The two sonatinas are given spirited, totally convincing readings…Kim manages to bring them to life with a lyrical sense and brilliant colors.

The sound reproduction on this Naxos disc is vivid and powerful, and the notes by Richard Whitehouse are informative. In sum, there is a lot of humor, sarcasm and energy in these works—and a lot of good music, especially in the sonata. © 2013 Classical Net Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2012

DongKyu Kim was the winner of the 2010 San Marino International Piano Competition, that award leading to this release of some lesser-known Prokofiev. Though the Four Etudes and the first of the Four Pieces were written in his teenage years, they already had the fingerprints of the more mature composer, their brilliance pointing to the technical excellence of Prokofiev as a pianist. There is still a connection with Rachmaninov in his ability to find readily attractive melody, though there was an added aggressive rhythmic vitality we discover the final Presto of the Four Etudes. Each short in length, but extended compared with the musical snippets that make up the Four Pieces. Eight years later the music has extended slightly for the Four Pieces, a strange score that one moment has a quirky quality but ends in a very subdued waltz. The two Sonatinas came from a period when he desired a simplification in his music. That he certainly achieved, though at the same time he never managed to find those melodies that made him a household name. The disc ends with the revised version of the Fifth Sonata, a revision made at the end of his life and which he never heard performed. It is here played by yet another brilliant young Korean pianist, adding to a long list of those enjoying competition success around the world. As I listen to piano competitions it seems they have a particular affinity to Prokofiev, and if this is not music out of the composer’s ‘top drawer’, Kim is certainly a worthy champion, his clarity of articulation and attention to dynamics is admirable. © 2012 David’s Review Corner

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