- Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
- Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
- Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
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.