Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp. 109, 110 & 111

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp. 109, 110 & 111

by Mitsuko Uchida
     
 
With highly acclaimed surveys of Mozart and Schubert under her belt, Mitsuko Uchida turns to the composer who bridges the gap between those projects -- and between the Classical and Romantic eras. This is her first disc of Beethoven's piano sonatas, though she's already released recordings of the concertos. Arguably, her Beethoven is

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With highly acclaimed surveys of Mozart and Schubert under her belt, Mitsuko Uchida turns to the composer who bridges the gap between those projects -- and between the Classical and Romantic eras. This is her first disc of Beethoven's piano sonatas, though she's already released recordings of the concertos. Arguably, her Beethoven is all the richer after imbibing the graceful clarity of Mozart on one side and the pensive breadth of Schubert on the other -- though being late Beethoven, it leans more toward the latter pole. Uchida has said that she sees Beethoven's final three sonatas, which comprise this album's program, as a single, large musical structure. It's easy to hear what she means: While her performance of each work is persuasive on its own, they do build in cumulative impact. With her characteristic introspection -- suited to these works like few others -- Uchida approaches this music with a sense of awe that makes this recording a very special one.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Bernard Holland
Anyone looking for a honest yet deeply sophisticated approach to Beethoven -- never theatrical, never merely scholarly, and a clear window to this amazing series of sonatas -- would do well to look to Ms. Uchida's new CD.
Washington Post - Tim Page
In Uchida's hands... [these sonatas] are full-blooded, fiercely dramatic and almost epic.... Rarely has Beethoven sounded so much like Schönberg -- and in this case, I mean that as a compliment.
San Francisco Chronicle - Steven Winn
Uchida brings a defining light to every movement and passage. She is delicate without turning mannered or coy, explosive without resorting to bombast, supple with tempos that never bend or bristle.
Dallas Morning News - Scott Cantrell
[Grade: A] As fine a final trilogy of Beethoven sonatas as you'll find anywhere. How about turning Ms. Uchida loose on the rest of the Beethoven cycle?
The Guardian - Andrew Clements
[Uchida's] account of the C minor Op 111 is scarifyingly direct, charting an absolutely unswerving course from the bold dramatic confrontations of the first movement to the increasing transcendence of the final variations.
Daily Telegraph - Richard Wigmore
By any standards, this is exalted Beethoven playing from an artist of rare integrity and insight.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2006
Label:
Philips
UPC:
0028947569350
catalogNumber:
000637902
Rank:
129813

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Tracks

  1. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Mitsuko Uchida  - Matt Mayers
  2. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Mitsuko Uchida  - Matt Mayers
  3. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Mitsuko Uchida  - Matt Mayers

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