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Silence, sadness, and glee in Seong-Jin Cho's Mozart / WCRB: CD of the Week

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The winner of the 2015 Chopin Competition is just 24 years old, but he has a handle on the special kind of wisdom required to make Mozart speak to each of us directly – and that wisdom is evident on his latest recording, WCRB: Boston CD of the Week.

When writer Frances Wilson asked pianist Seong-Jin Cho what his idea of perfect happiness is, he said he loves being in a place where there is no noise. It's an unusual response, but this 24-year-old is unusual, too. While all composers coax their music from a personal brand of silence, Mozart's is special. When pianists tap into the power of it, the result is so affecting, it can almost feel as though Mozart knew our own secrets.