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Mitsuko Uchida plays Schubert

8 Nov. 2004 | Format: MP3

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Disc 2
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1:33
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1:31
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1:31
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0:49
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0:57
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1:07
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1:48
Disc 3
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8:32
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11:55
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9:09
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8:29
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14:06
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5:23
Disc 4
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7:32
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4:58
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8:01
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6:00
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6:23
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5:39
Disc 5
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17:47
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11:05
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18:29
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8:05
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4:49
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9:04
Disc 6
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10:26
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8:41
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3:39
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8:13
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15:14
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8:49
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5:15
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12:05
Disc 7
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10:40
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3:57
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8:02
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9:30
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10:32
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5:54
Disc 8
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9:43
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4:43
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5:39
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8:05
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10:58
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8:01
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11:58
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6:40
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2004
  • Release Date: 8 Nov. 2004
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 8:53:28
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  • ASIN: B001N5DB2U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,580 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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97 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Le Frisson on 4 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Vienna-trained Uchida once said that she ventured into Mozart first partly because Lupu and Brendel's widely available recordings of Schubert had persuaded her to drop the plan to provide her own interpretations of one of her favourite composer's piano music. While the luminosity of Lupu's tone and Brendel's terseness have a lot to commend them, Uchida's readings are no less compelling.

Uchida's command of the Viennese idiom is assured. She has brought out the singing qualities of Schubert's piano music with a beautiful tone. Her tempi are still a moot point, and some might find the hesitations a bit contrived. But there's no doubt that this is a great cycle with tremendous learning and insight. Her seeming detachment from the subject belies a carefully executed style, and every tiny detail is thought out with the utmost care.

At the current price it can't be beat. Even if you might have already got Richter, Brendel or Kempff's recordings, this cycle is worth your attention and money.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 April 2008
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Mitsuko Uchida succeeds splendidly in conveying great beauty and feeling as well as high energy and vital power in these definitive readings of some of Schubert's greatest piano works. The sonata in A minor D845 and the Sonatas in C major D840 "Reliquie" (unfinished), C minor D958, and B-flat major D 960 are particulary well conceived and executed within a collection which seems almost flawless and which also includes the 4 Impromptus D935, the 4 Impromptus D 899 on the final disc, as well as 6 German Dances D 820, 12 German Dances D 790 and Moments Musicaux D 780. Definitive and profoundly spiritual and penetrating interpretations and performances, which emphasize the beautiful in Schubert over other aspects like lyricism, structure, poetic passion. If you are moved more by beauty of line and color than anything else this is the choice for you.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Peacock on 20 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Something recently made me want to listen to Schubert's Sonata in A minor (D784 - long one of my favourites) and I took this box off the shelf for the first time in a good while. It reinforced my belief that Mitsuko Uchida is one of the foremost Schubert interpreters currently out there.

D784 is certainly one of Schubert's bleakest musical offerings, providing little in the way of consolation to set against the note of tragedy struck by the first subject in the exposition of the opening movement; but where those moments do occur, how tenderly Uchida characterises the music - consider the tentative second subject in that same movement, as it reaches upwards towards the light, and how Uchida achieves that effect without any excessive displays of emotionalism; the yearning passages in the `andante' offer similar evidence of her judgement and of her engagement with the spirit of this work. Both provide a sure display of how less is more. That is not to say that she lacks the drama or power to bring out the rhetoric in this music; the relentless tread of the first subject and the tempestuous development section in the opening movement want for nothing expressively in her hands. The final `allegro vivace' offers no easy answers to the music that has preceded it and again Uchida plays with sound judgement and poetry.

Some people in reviews of her other recordings have questioned her tempi and what they have perceived as her emotional detachment. For me, neither of those matters come into question in this series of recordings - she is faithful to both the letter and the spirit of the scores; anyone who doubts her emotional engagement need only listen to the moments of surging passion in the `andantino' of the sonata D959 and the bittersweet conclusion to that movement.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 14 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have owned and loved Maria Joao Pires's DG recordings of the Impromptus for years and never thought I'd find a set to rival them, but I think I actually prefer Mitsuko Uchida's recordings - which is really saying something. She is lyrical, tender or vigorous where necessary, her tone and phrasing are simply lovely, and these fabulous pieces come to life in her hands. The set is worth buying for this disc alone, I'd say.

I know the Sonatas less well and find them quite difficult in places, but Uchida seems to me to welcome the listener into Schubert's world in a way that the other cycles I have tried, by Kempff and by Zacharias, simply don't. Kempff left me with the feeling that if I studied very hard for several years and then sat a rigorous exam, he might possibly deem me worthy to listen to his playing of distant and forbidding music. Zacharias, I'm afraid, left me feeling nothing at all, and Schubert's famous "Heavenly Length" (stop that silly sniggering at the back, please) seemed like just length, and far too much of it, at that. With this set, though, there is a sense of deep, shared pleasure in the music, and a clear understanding of and keeness to communicate Schubert's sometimes extraordinary harmonic structures and wild variations of mood and key.

Frankly, at this price for eight (!) discs by one of the greatest living pianists you simply can't go far wrong, and for my money they are a wonderful cycle of Schubert's piano music. Very highly recommended.
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