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, inRead more 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.
no feelingSeptember 10, 2013By Daniel Brodsley (Van Nuys, CA)See All My Reviews"I can only criticize the Mozart A minor Rondo, which was the only piece I heard on the KUSC-FM radio broadcast. I regret that I found her performance of this most profound, intense and chromatic composition that Mozart ever wrote stiff, mechanical and graceless. The tempi were too fast, the dynamics monochromatic and mostly unrelievedly loud, and the tone quality, articulation, and character completely lacking in sensitivity and imagination. She may as well have been playing the keys with a broomstick for all the charmless superficiality she displayed. This performance does not deserve even one star. Phooey!"Report Abuse