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Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos 2 & 3 / Mitsuko Uchida


Release Date: 11/04/2008 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 420949   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Both these Chopin performances reaffirm that she has fingers sturdy enough to uphold every dictate of a warmly romantic heart. The gem of the B flat minor Sonata is the Funeral March itself. The movement's stature is also enhanced by her wide dynamic range. The central Trio has an Elysian purity and calm, with its melody beautifully floated... It was the slow movement that again moved me most in Uchida's Op. 58... Her phrasing and shading are exquisitely poetic, especially in the self-communing intimacies of the central (sostenuto) section... It [is] a warmly sympathetic, romantic reading... And as always her engineers ensure that her piano sounds wholly natural.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [2/1989]
Both these Chopin performances reaffirm that she has fingers sturdy enough to uphold every dictate of a warmly romantic heart. The gem of the B flat minor Sonata is the Funeral March itself. The movement's stature is also enhanced by her wide dynamic range. The central Trio has an Elysian purity and calm, with its melody beautifully floated... It was the slow movement that again moved me most in Uchida's Op. 58... Her phrasing and shading are exquisitely poetic, especially in the self-communing intimacies of the central (sostenuto) section... It [is] a warmly sympathetic, romantic reading... And as always her engineers ensure that her piano sounds wholly natural.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [2/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: 1. Grave - Doppio movimento
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: 2. Scherzo - Più lento - Tempo I
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: 3. Marche funèbre (Lento)
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: 4. Finale (Presto)
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58: 1. Allegro maestoso
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58: 2. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58: 3. Largo
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58: 4. Finale (Presto non tanto)

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