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Mozart: The Piano Sonatas
     

Mozart: The Piano Sonatas

by Mitsuko Uchida
 
Philips has reissued, at an affordable price, Mitsuko Uchida's recordings of all the Mozart piano sonatas. It's a great package for anyone who hasn't heard her celebrated performances of these or may have only heard one or two. She uses a lightness of touch and approach as if she were playing on an instrument more like what Mozart would have

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Philips has reissued, at an affordable price, Mitsuko Uchida's recordings of all the Mozart piano sonatas. It's a great package for anyone who hasn't heard her celebrated performances of these or may have only heard one or two. She uses a lightness of touch and approach as if she were playing on an instrument more like what Mozart would have had, rather than its modern, sturdy descendent. There is also a deliberateness and care given to each phrase, adding a delicate nuance here, a smidgen more drama there. Even in the most dramatic of the sonatas, the "Sonata in C minor, K. 457," and its preceding "Fantasy, K. 475," the mood hints at the drama of Beethoven, but is not played with anything near the intensity of Beethoven and always carries the good humor of Mozart. In the "Sonata in D major, K. 284," the listener can easily hear Mozart the symphonist or opera composer just by the way Uchida voices and balances the music under her hands. It's an extremely satisfying set of performances.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Christopher Headington
Uchida responds to all the sonatas with sensitivity... A remarkably fine achievement... Excellent piano sound. A self-evident strong recommendation.
Penguin Guide to Compact Discs
Uchida's set of the Mozart Sonatas brings playing of consistently fine sense and sound musicianship. Every phrase is beautifully placed, every detail registers, and the early Sonatas are as revealing as the late ones.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2003
Label:
Philips
UPC:
0028946835623
catalogNumber:
000121802
Rank:
3886

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Tracks

  1. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, K. 279 (K. 189d)
  2. Piano Sonata No. 2 in F major, K. 280 (K. 189e)
  3. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B flat major, K. 281 (K.189f)
  4. Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, K. 282 (K. 189g)
  5. Piano Sonata No. 5 in G major, K. 283 (K. 189h)
  6. Piano Sonata No. 6 in D major, K. 284 (K. 205b)
  7. Piano Sonata No. 7 in C major, K. 309 (K. 284b)
  8. Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310 (K. 300d)
  9. Piano Sonata No. 9 in D major, K. 311 (K. 284c)
  10. Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330 (K. 300h)
  11. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i)
  12. Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332 (K. 300k)
  13. Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K. 333 (K. 315c)
  14. Fantasia for piano in C minor, K. 475
  15. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457
  16. Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545
  17. Piano Sonata No. 16 in B flat major, K. 570
  18. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major ("Trumpet", "Hunt"), K. 576
  19. Piano Sonata in F major, K. 533/494

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