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Sonatas Piano Violin

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  • Audio CD (8 Mar. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0007KTAXQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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I'm sure like me you will have read Fred's review on the page and felt unable to connect his words with a 3-star rating - perhaps he made a slip?!
His words, not the rating, speak true. This is an utterly beautiful recording, combining the expected delicacy of both players with constant imagination and depth of feeling, revealing the lesser-known sonatas to be charged with the full pantheon of Mozart's genius.
A real 5-star recording - and I hope it's the start of a series.
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Mark Steinberg is the founder of the Brentano Quartet and an ideal partner for our Mitsuko Uchida, who has never let me down. I have her Schubert and Beethoven and only wish I had more time to listen. i also have her Mozart sonatas and the incredible set of the concertos.

Don't believe what others say about the sound on this SACD as I can find no fault with it. I am a very fussy HiFi addict and if they have a problem, then they should look at their set up.

I recommend this recording and all the others I have mentioned. Happy listening.
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Once again Mitsuko Uchida excels in the interpretation of Mozart's Sonatas for Violin and Piano. The elegance and delecacy of the performance complimented by the bowing of Steinberg, makes this a must for every Mozart enthusiast!
For those who are able to enjoy the added benefit of the SACD format this is pure delight.
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To hear Uchida playing the Mozart Piano Concerti is a sublime experience. Hearing her play almost anything is equally ravishing. However, for me the balance of the instrumentalists on this recording is imperfect. The piano dominates the violin to a displeasing degree. Violin and piano sonatas are not a violin accompanied by a piano- they are duets. When one instrument dominates the other, the experience becomes less than perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Mozart Violin Sonatas 24 Sept. 2016
By jt52 - Published on Amazon.com
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This set of four Mozart violin sonatas from Mitsuku Uchida and Mark Steinberg is one of the best Mozart recordings I’ve ever heard – and I’ve listened to many. The performance ranges from the very good to the great, the sound engineering is outstanding and clear, and the performers have selected four incredibly beautiful sonatas to play. Fans of Mozart’s music need to flag this one; it is striking and beautiful and rewarding.

High points include an affecting performance of the E-minor Sonata (K 304, 1778). This little two-movement sonata has always been a favorite of many listeners and the approach taken by Steinberg and Uchida works particularly well for it. Their performance style throughout the disc tends towards the emotional rather than the objective. Steinberg shines in this wonderful version, playing with real but restrained emotion. He also manages to make his fiddle play whisper soft when demanded – but always in perfect control -- something which helps this melancholy, soft composition, written during Mozart’s disappointing visit to Paris, a trip which forced him to be away from home at the time of his mother’s death. Uchida’s crystal playing of the very subdued finale is also terrific. This is certainly the best E-minor Sonata I’ve ever heard and brings alive its gentle sadness.

Another track receiving a particularly affecting interpretation is the Andante Variations from the F-major Sonata (K 377, 1781). In particular, Uchida and Steinberg play the last few variations with engagement and life. The big A-major Sonata (K 526, 1787), one of the heights of Mozart’s chamber music, receives likely the best performance I’ve heard, which is no small achievement. While I think Steinberg is generally the better player of the pair overall, Uchida’s playing is excellent and she has some outstanding sections, including a particularly good finale of the wonderful C-major Sonata (K 303, again from 1778). She also shines in the concluding minutes of the K 377 Andante variations.
Generally, I’d describe the approach of Uchida and Steinberg as balanced, with a trace of sentimentality but not too much. The faster movements, such as the long and very successful rendition of the A-major Sonata’s opening Allegro, are crisp without being aggressive. The sound of the instruments is normal and well matched, although the sound stage is a bit compressed in a way that makes me think each of the musicians was miked separately.

I’m clearly enthusiastic about this disc. This is a great one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Imbalanced Duo 12 Jan. 2008
By Michael Martin De Sapio - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording has good intentions but falls short of success, mainly due to questions of style and instrumental balance. As anyone who has played them knows, these are “sonatas for piano and violin,” in which the violin is a complementary partner to the solo piano. Play these sonatas on the more delicate fortepiano and gut-strung violin of Mozart's day, and the proper balance is achieved naturally; the violin complements the piano without receding into the background. By contrast, play the sonatas with a modern grand piano and the violin too easily becomes overpowered, as it is too often here. Steinberg's playing style only complicates matters. He has pared his violin tone down, tempered the vibrato, and maximized nuance and color; the result is less like traditional “virtuoso” violin playing and more like “period” performance. This approach shows admirable stylistic awareness but sits uneasily with the chosen medium; pitted against the full battery of the grand piano, Steinberg's violin sometimes sounds wispy and ineffectual, sometimes raw and steely as if he is forcing in order to project.

On the plus side, Uchida and Steinberg have succeeded grandly in avoiding “wallpaper music Mozart.” These performances are intensely characterful and full of drama and rhetoric (this is especially true of the dark and enigmatic E minor sonata K. 304). There is much fine musical insight and exciting music making here. It's just that, sonically and balance-wise, these pieces work best with period instruments, or something approximating period instruments. (Beethoven is another matter, and I wouldn't mind hearing these artists in a batch of Beethoven sonatas.) This recording deserves kudos for effort, but sometimes even the finest interpretative ideas can't overcome an intractable medium.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful playing and great listening 26 Nov. 2012
By Jack H - Published on Amazon.com
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I am more and more buying trios and quartets for listening rather than large symphonic works. Whether I am listening for relaxation or while I am working at my desk, these more intimate works are always pleasing. This recording is well done and the sonatas are definitely stunning listening experiences. I play this often and I am still impressed.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 19 July 2005
By JMB1014 - Published on Amazon.com
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Mitsuko Uchida has made a name for herself playing all the Mozart sonatas and concerti for piano, as well as Schubert piano works and an underappreciated CD of Schumann's Kreisleriana and Carnaval, among other things. Now she is breaking new ground as an accompanist. After a highly successful recording of Schubert's "Die Schone Mullerin" with Ian Bostridge, Ms. Uchida has essayed a gorgeous set of some of Mozart's more delicious piano and violin sonatas with Mark Steinberg of the Brentano string quartet - an energetic and rising young ensemble. Mr. Steinberg has a number of other recordings to his credit, including Schumann chamber music. He has also prepared the notes for this edition, which are far from the arid, technical remarks one often sees. He may overwrite, but he gives a lot to think about. The recording is lush and sparkling on this Philips hybrid SACD. (You can listen to it on any CD player, however.) There are of course many other competing recordings of Mozart's violin sonatas, but this one is special. The playing is elegant, nuanced and expressive. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Just pick out a sonata and sit back and listen. These are gems of the repertoire and lovingly rendered.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 21 Feb. 2015
By LittleGreyDog - Published on Amazon.com
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Awesomely great performance; and exquisite recording!
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