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Two fine Schumann players this month, with Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son also offering high-level interpretations. Although the one piece that is not shared between the two pianists, it is the Fantasy that points to the differences between them: Min’s grasp of Schumann’s inner-voice machinations is the greater. Son is a touch clumsy in the Fantasy in this regard, although there is much to titillate the ear, especially in her projection of upper-voice melody. Son foregrounds beauty, as can be heard in the opening of the second movement, and yet balances it with intellectual rigour. The harmonic darkenings of the finale are superb, though some of the lines feel rather studio-bound.

Son’s Kreisleriana is markedly less involving than Min’s. Most successful is the Arabeske, which flows beautifully. Son’s booklet notes are both informative and charming.

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