Notes and Editorial Reviews
All four sonatas on Uchida's new disc come from the 1774-5 set of six which were the first the 18-year-old Mozart ever wrote down with a view to publication: for the next few years he played them wherever he went without adding to their number... Uchida, sturdier in touch—and certainly sturdier in rhythm—characterizes the music more authoritatively [than Andras Schiff]... Uchida emerges fuller and warmer, suggesting a rather more resonant Philips studio as well as leaving no doubt that her instrument is a modern concert grand.
...The E flat Sonata, K282, opens with a slow movement. Here, I prefer Uchida's simpler, nobler approach, resulting primarily from a firmer rhythmic backbone... Listening to Uchida [in K281] confirmed
my admiration for her classical purity of style as exemplified in her refusal to sentimentalize its slow movement (unusually marked Andante amoroso) and the very positive characterization achieved in the concluding Rondeau (singled out by Einstein as being a good ten years maturer than its date) just by strict observance of Mozart's own contrasts of dynamics and touch.
-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [4/1988]
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