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A young pianistic talent surely born for both Mozart and Prokofiev
Young talent does not come more brilliantly or ardently alive than this. Clearly designed to demonstrate this 19-year-old pianist’s versatility, Naïve’s album showcases her in radically different composers and finds her equally persuasive in both. De la Salle is tremulously expressive in Mozart’s A minor Rondo, making every bar pulse and breathe with a special life and prophecy of romantic things to come. She revels in the bustle and ceremony of the D major Sonata, K284. Hear her enviable perle in the last-movement Vars 1 and 3, her change to minor-key contemplation in Var 7, in
the florid musings of Var 11 – and in her pinpoint definition and character in the K265 Variations – and here you surely have a young pianist born for Mozart.
But then she is no less successful in Prokofiev’s diablerie, finding time, despite her headlong tempo, for piquant asides in the Toccata, for a loving romantic dalliance in parts of the Third Sonata and for a reminder in her selection from Romeo and Juliet of delicacy and affection beneath Prokofiev’s outwardly prickly and intractable nature...All things being equal, she is clearly on the threshold of a major career. Her freshness and vitality are already something very special.
-- Bryce Morrison, Gramophone [8/2007]
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