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Maria Nockin
Fanfare, July 2012

The music played on this disc is adapted from Devienne’s flute sonatas. The two very young performers have made a fine recording of music not often heard. All four sonatas are enchantingly melodic. The first opens with excellent coordination between wind instrument and piano. Kim gives us lovely tonal nuances and fluidity. In the Adagio movement his control and ability to purvey emotional content come to the fore. He plays with a warm, expressive sound and demonstrates masterly control of the instrument’s registers. In the E♭-Major Sonata’s rondo he plays difficult music as though it were the easiest thing in the world. The Sonata in B♭ has a slow movement with long phrases that Kim plays with amazing breath control. He concludes with a happy piece that continues to show the agility and fluidity of his exuberant musicianship. Choi is always right there with him. She plays with impeccable technique and meticulous attention to detail. They make a fine duet, and their recording is a fine choice for almost any music lover. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review

Lee Passarella
Audiophile Audition, 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

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