BEETHOVEN Piano Sonatas / Uchida


Piano Sonatas
No.30, Op.109
No.31, Op.110
No.32, Op.111
Mitsuko Uchida
Int. Release 06 Feb. 2006
1 CD / Download

Track List

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
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

Mitsuko Uchida

Total Playing Time: 1:06:32

The thing that struck me on first playing was the sheer beauty of the recorded sound: recording engineer Sebastien Stein has produced a rich, deep, lucid and sonorous acoustic which to my ears is ideal. Secondly, I was struck by the remarkable muscularity of Uchida's touch. She is known for poetic delicacy yet there is nothing over-refined in her Beethoven; her steely fingering and rhythmic buoyancy serve Beethoven's propulsiveness well, especially in the demanding opening Allegros of Variations III and V in the finale of Op. 109. Yet the arabesques of Variation IV are as dreamy and ethereal as one would expect from this most sensitive of artists . . . [in Sonata No. 31] I admire Uchida's attack and do not find her to be too "careful" . . . The Adagio is rapt and the Fugue is couched in terms of a trenchant discourse before rising to a powerful peroration. I was again surprised by the demonic drive of Uchida's playing in the opening Maestoso of Op. 111 yet there is no smudging of articulation on the right hand runs and the left hand chords are thunderous; this is truly magisterial playing . . . Special mention should be made of the proficiency of Uchida's trilling and her ability to engender a sense of calm luminosity in the high passages . . . [this is a] magnificent album . . .