, September 2013
Sun plays with a keen…grasp of the musical essence of the Beethoven Les adieux Sonata and the Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition.
Liebermann’s 1989 Gargoyles collection consists of four pieces that last about ten minutes. They are all brilliantly played by Sun. He not only captures fully the hypnotic character of #2 and 3 but manages to make the most of the exciting opening and closing works.
Juan de Dios Garcia Aguilera’s Flores para Julia (Flowers for Julia)…is a moody piece of substantial technical challenge…Sun performs the piece brilliantly, deftly wringing from the music all its quirky but naturally flowing character…
Sun performs the various Promenade movements of Pictures with a good sense for their stateliness, grandeur and festive atmosphere, as well as for their sometimes more gentle character. Gnomus and Old Castle are atmospheric and utterly haunting, while Tuileries is deliciously playful and the ensuing Bydlo domineering and threatening. Sun’s Ballet of the Chickens in their Shells is frolicsome and witty, and the same kind of infectious energy and color are found in The Market in Limoges. All in all, this is a fine Pictures…
…if you want to hear a very young talent likely to achieve great success on the concert stage, this debut disc…is likely worth your while. © 2013 Classical Net Read complete review