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Posted October 1, 2010
I bought this disc for the performance of Carl Vine's First Piano Sonata. Ms. Hong's performance is terrific - the Sonata comes across as a fully realized work of art and not as a mere technical showpiece. Hong's tempos seem broad, but are very close to Michael Kieran Harvey's tempos on the Carl Vine Chamber Music Volume 1 disc - overall timings are 17:20 for Hong and 17:09 for Harvey. Hong likewise give a high-quality performance of John Corigliano's Etude Fantasy. Unfortunately, the piano sound is somewhat tinny, which detracts from the overall impact, but not to the extent that I would lower the rating to four stars. The notes are acceptable, but I would have liked a more detailed description of the Vine Sonata's features, the circumstances of its composition, and its public reception.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.