BEETHOVEN Piano Sonatas / Uchida


Piano Sonatas
No.28, Op.101
No.29, Op.106 'Hammerklavier'
Mitsuko Uchida
Int. Release 06 Aug. 2007
1 CD / Download

Track List

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 -"Hammerklavier"


Mitsuko Uchida

Total Playing Time: 1:08:42

. . . [I am] more in awe than ever of her technical proficiency, leonine power and aesthetic sensitivity in both these works . . . I am swept along by the propulsive momentum of her playing -- and the clarity of her articulation is enhanced by the excellence of the recorded sound here, which is beautifully spaced and ideally resonant. What I most admire about Uchida's playing is the combination of detail and almost reckless attack when needs be. Dynamic range and gradation are given the most careful attention and her rhythmic sense in the syncopations of the opening of the "Hammerklavier" is ideal . . . [the Adagio sostenuto] finds Uchida at her poetic best, but just when you are admiring the rapt delicacy of her phrasing, she produces passages of extraordinary power, especially in the left hand. Much of the music in both sonatas is typical of Beethoven's later oeuvre, in that it is difficult and challenging, with abrupt departures and ruptures in the musical argument and peculiarities of structure, but to my ears Uchida makes the strongest possible case for it by imposing an overall concept suggestive of a deep and mature contemplation of the music's import.