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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opus 109, 110 & 111 [CD]

Mitsuko Uchida Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Mar 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B000EAV6BS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - 1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - 2. Prestissimo 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - 3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)11:50Album Only
Listen  4. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 - 1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo 6:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 - 2. Allegro molto 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 - 3. Adagio ma non troppo 3:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 - 4. Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo) 7:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 - 1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato 9:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 - 2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)18:34Album Only


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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERLATIVE BEETHOVEN PLAYING 10 April 2006
By Klingsor Tristan VINE VOICE
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This is not only piano playing but also musical thinking of a very high order. In her fascinating notes that accompany this disc, Uchida is at pains to emphasise the connections and interrelationships between Beethoven's last three piano sonatas. Certainly the impact to be had from playing all three sonatas at a sitting is cumulative, growingly intense and finally overwhelming.
Make no mistake. These are great performances of these ground-breaking pieces. They achieve a perfect balance of intellectual rigour (in the voicing of fugal and contrapuntal passages, for example, or in the elucidation of Beethoven's fascination with and elaboration of variation form in his late period) with passion and emotion.
To take just the first movement of Op.109, at the start Uchida manages to capture the feeling that this is music caught, as it were, in media res, that it was going on before the sonata begins and that it just emerges from the silence. The opening theme is delivered with ideal simplicity, but Beethoven's stark elisions of sonata form mean we are carried alarmingly quickly into startling harmonic territory: Uchida disguises nothing in the arpeggios that drag us from key to key, before the sunlight emerges with clarity in the second subject. Within just a couple of minutes, we have been through a daring development section, a modified recapitulation and an extended coda that restores us to the simplicity of the opening. Uchida makes this frighteningly concentrated thought absolutely cogent and clear.
The variation movement that ends Op.109 lasts twice as long as the other two movements together and covers a vast emotional range.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional performances in superb sound 12 May 2010
By DMH TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Two caveats: don't be put off by the rather strange photo of Mitsuko Uchida on the front of the CD, and don't make this your only version of these three works.

Otherwise, my comments are entirely positive. I bought this disk after hearing Uchida play a Moxart piano concerto at the Barbican in London last week (a wholly delightful performance). First of all, this is probably the best recording of solo piano that I've come across. Everything is entirely clear, even small quiet details register properly, while the loudest passages are comfortably accommodated. The recording strikes an ideal balance between "air" and hall ambience around the sound and clarity on the other hand.

Turning to the performances, I was convinced by all three sonatas and indeed I think the way Uchida plays them is entirely successful - though I can see some listeners saying the playing is too "clean" (to my mind this is akin to saying you don't want someone who can play all the notes because you prefer some rough edges in a performance - which I don't agree with). Uchida's technical excellence enabled me to concentrate on the music itself, and I'm sure that increased not only my pleasure but also my understanding of these works. Uchida's notes in the booklet with the CD are well worth reading, as they illuminate the three works very well.

The reviewers in the Penguin Guide damned this disk with faint praise, saying they thought Uchida gave the listener beauty at the expense of truth. I disagree. There's certainly no doubt that hers is beautiful playing, but I found she conveys the full range of emotions in these sonatas and at times I was struck by how authoritative her left hand was too, which doesn't suggest any lack of sheer power.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary 31 July 2010
By LR
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This disc contains the finest Op109 I've ever heard- I was speechless and very moved after first hearing it.

The performance of Op 111 is magnificent also.

I believe that Mitsuko Uchida brings great emotional and intellectual insight into the works with these performances, which are beautifully judged.

I'm familiar with a very wide range of recordings of these last sonata's, but had never heard these.

Now that I have I would put them in the first rank.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it 24 Jan 2011
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Musically and performance wise it's great. It's quite a quiet set though so needs a quiet house and a bit more volume than I normally get to play music. Not one I can play in the car.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven Piano Sonatas Upus 109, 110 and 111 5 Jan 2013
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I bought it as a present for my son. It was on his wish list so he was very pleased to get it. The artist is very highly thought of at the moment and is an up and coming young pianist. Her playing is sensitive yet powerful. We both loved the CD, but I still prefer Alfred Brendel.
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