Cordelia Williams is clearly a lady who likes fascinating juxtapositions of pieces (think of her Bach and Pärt album) and who enjoys exploring the gold hidden in the corners of the piano’s repertoire. She seems to hit gold on both fronts on her most recent disc, Nightlight… Here, Mozart, Scriabin, Liszt, Schubert, Thomas Tomkins and Bill Evans all rub shoulders, culminating in – joy of joys! – Schumann’s Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133, the exquisite fruit of that composer’s troubled late period.
[On Scriabin’s Sonata-Fantasy] Williams captures all of the elemental power of the first movement Andante; her finger dexterity in the Presto finale (there are two movements) is remarkable, as is the way she allows each detail to speak while capturing the exquisite curlicues – like the rising smoke trail of an incense.
Cordelia Williams’ performance is exquisite.
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer, Aug 2021