...Kim evinced excellent breath control and fine command of his instrument’s full range...
— THE WASHINGTON POST
 
 
Kim gives us lovely tonal nuances and fluidity. In the Adagio movement his control and ability to purvey emotional content come to fore. He plays with a warm, expressive sound and demonstrates masterly control of the instrument’s registers...He concludes with a happy piece that continues to show the agility and fluidity of his exuberant musicianship.
— FANFARE
...His playing always serves the music first and foremost...A sign of superior musicianship, no doubt...
— CLASSICAL MUSIC SENTINEL, CANADA
 
 
The prominent and challenging clarinet writing is impressively navigated by Kim with apparent ease...Wonkak Kim, here and throughout this release, amply exhibits sensitive playing, a lovely sound and consummate facility.
— THE CLARINET
Clarinetist Wonkak Kim wove his sultry, stylized melodies into the fabric...Mr. Kim showed his impressive range in a quasi cadenza-like solo for clarinet...
— THE NEW YORK CONCERT REVIEW
 
 
...the way in which this recital brings together music of the very highest quality which is rarely encountered in the concert hall, in performances of probing intensity, is encouraging...
— GRAMOPHONE, UK
...Kim’s playing is flawless, masterful, and as pleasing to the ear as the music itself...world class...
— CLASSICAL VOICE OF NORTH CAROLINA
 
 
...this is Mr. Kim’s show, and he’s a fine advocate for Devienne’s elegant high-Classical music...He produces a clean, attractive sound from top to bottom of his range, injecting Devienne’s tender slow movements with a deeper sentiment...
— AUDIOPHILE AUDITION
...stirring and virtuosic...the most magnificent performance of the evening...
— JOURNAL DE MORGES, SWISS
 
 
He has quickly established himself at the forefront of his generation by playing with astounding precision and power.
— TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT
...Wonkak Kim produces a clarinet tone as buttery smooth as any I’ve heard, beautifully balanced and blended over its entire range...
— FANFARE
 
 
...exquisite performance...technically flawless and very engaging concert...Wonkak Kim’s musical talent and engaging personality will indisputably ensure that he will continue to perform at prestigious venues where he will receive standing ovations...
— ALEXANDRIA GAZETTE
The performances are similarly un-stodgy, expressive and vivacious.
— theWholeNote
 
 
...all the more reason to qauire (and treasure) this very fine recording. (Editor’s Pick)
— CD HotList
Kim renders the Clarinet Quintet with a clear and nicely rounded timbre...with seamless blend and excellent legato.
— American Record Guide
 
 
His phrasing and tone are second to none, thereby making the most of some music whose delicate appeal could easily be lost.
— Classical Lost and Found
...with elegance, colour and variety...
— Gramophone, UK
 

Performing with ensemble enhake:

 
The playing throughout is sublime...The intensity is real, the sounds gorgeous, the rhythm infectious. In a chamber music series or at a classical music club, the fans would go wild. Enhake plays as if each track were a universe in itself...this version strides proudly alongside the legendary recording by Piazzolla himself.
— Gramophone, UK
...a terrific quartet with a keen instinct for exciting programmes...
— BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE, UK
 
 
...they’ll be a stellar group...
— THE AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
...enhake gets everything out of each piece and roll out each individual composers on the CD the red carpet. The performances are all really excellent!...
— THE LISTENER, GERMANY
 
 
...enhake is an award-winning quartet which is especially active on the contemporary music circuit. They certainly do the composers proud...their advocacy is impassioned and their playing is more or less exemplary...
— MusicWeb International, UK
...Rock solid rhythmic integrity...strength in balance, intonation, and musicality...polished, yet spontaneous performance...impressive soloists and adept chamber musicians...excellent artists and technicians who present thoroughly prepared performance...
— THE NEW YORK CONCERT REVIEW
 
 
...some great, tight ensemble sounds and all gifted musicians...
— AUDIOPHILE AUDITION
...The chamber musicians blend well and manage to have perfect balance and definitive melodic material...I feel that such intimacy of sound within the group demonstrates and exuberant freshness of musical intention. Each player had a distinct sound and yet they seem to vary their sound in relation to the changing contexts of the pieces...
— THE TUNE
 
 
...playing of the very highest caliber...the mix of playing that is consistently energetic, polished, and commited...This one can stand up to any of them, sporting lithe, and buoyant tightly focused sound, combined with subtly expressive lyricism...
— FANFARE
these are musicians who are clearly comfortable with each other as well as with their individual instruments, and there is a relaxed, jazz-ensemble feeling to their performances...
— INFODAD.COM
 

 

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