It takes real imagination (and likely a lot of sifting) to combine mostly standard repertoire in a way that’s both personal and musically insightful. The album has grown from the pianist’s experience of those long hours of the night spent by mothers (fathers, too!) with their babies: a punishing time, sometimes rewarding, in which dawn does not reliably bring rest. Night’s obsessive tendencies towards rumination are captured by Mozart’s D minor Fantasia and Schubert’s C minor Sonata D958, complete with its endlessly circular finale. By drawing out its Chopinesque qualities, Williams makes Scriabin’s Second Sonata a surprisingly natural companion. Points of repose arrive with the first two (not the third – again, original thinking) of Liszt’s Liebesträume and the Satiean strains of Peace Piece by Bill Evans.
Peter Quantrill, Pianist Magazine, Sept 2021