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Mozart: 3 Piano Sonatas K 279, 475 & 576 / Mitsuko Uchida


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 412617   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Mitsuko Uchida is one of the finest interpreters of Mozart's piano music. She brings to this music a lightness and delicacy that fits it perfectly. Uchida plays with an incredible humility. Her performances are never overbearing - she offers subtlety and emotion rather than force. Both lyrical and expressive, she uses her brilliant technique to play the virtuoso parts of the sonatas, yet never seems to be showing off. Her nimble fingers give the most attractive ornaments to these pieces, yet, again, these ornaments are not gratuitous - they fit perfectly with the tone and colours of the works. Uchida uses finely graded dynamics in all the sonatas - from the soft, smooth playing of the adagios to the more energetic scores of the Read more andantes, nothing shocks in these recordings; the interpretation seems to fit ideally with the music. In addition, the perfectly transparent recording presents the piano flawlessly, neither too close nor too far. There is no artificial reverberation to mar the naked yet beautiful sound of this instrument.

Lyrically, Uchida's performances are also excellent. They carry the melodies without ever going too far, adding just the right amount of emotion but never crossing the border between playing and imposing an overly-personal vision.

Mitsuko Uchida has proven over the years to be one of the most expressive pianists for this music, and always plays the music for itself, not to stand out. One is moved by her humility, one is also touched by her subtlety."

-- Kirk McElhearn, MusicWeb International Reviewing complete set of Mozart's piano sonatas.
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Works on This Recording

1. Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
2. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C minor, K 457 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
3. Sonata for Piano no 1 in C major, K 279 (189d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
4. Sonata for Piano no 18 in D major, K 576 "Hunt" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 

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