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Mozart: The Piano Sonatas / Mitsuko Uchida


Release Date: 10/28/2003 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 000121802   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 5 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Uchida's stylish mastery of Mozart at a bargain price

Early in her international career, Mitsuko Uchida gained renown for playing Mozart, garnering acclaim for her complete recorded cycles of the composer's concertos and sonatas for the Philips label. The sonatas were recorded between 1983 and 1987 and reissued as part of the label's 1991 complete Mozart edition. Its present budget-priced incarnation is well worth your consideration. Connoisseurs of rarified Mozart pianism will be pleased to rediscover (as I did) the sparkling symmetry and ultra-precision of Uchida's fingerwork, the fortepiano-like ping of her sonority, her impeccable tempo choices (the effortless flow between sections in the K. 284 and K. 311 sonatas'
Read more variation movements, for instance), and finely judged balances between hands. The latter quality serves the central slow movements in the earlier sonatas, especially regarding Uchida's subtle shaping of the left-hand Alberti bass accompaniments.


Cyclical Mozart sonata contenders like Lili Kraus, Andras Schiff, Klara Würtz, and Claudio Arrau might make more of the music's operatic impulses and dramatic undercurrents (Schiff's imaginative ornaments remain a strong selling point), however, that takes nothing away from Uchida's subtle, pinpointed, and stylish mastery, which operates at higher levels of musical and technical refinement than we hear from Ingrid Haebler's competing space-saving budget-box Mozart sonata cycle on the same label. In short, a solid thumbs up for bargain hunting Mozart lovers and, of course, for Uchida fans.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. 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 
Date of Recording: 05/1984 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Piano no 2 in F major, K 280 (189e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Piano no 3 in B flat major, K 281 (189f) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, K 282 (189g) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 0 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Piano no 5 in G major, K 283 (189h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 53 Secs. 
6. Sonata for Piano no 6 in D major, K 284 (205b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 33 Minutes 53 Secs. 
7. Sonata for Piano no 7 in C major, K 309 (284b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1985 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 12 Secs. 
8. Sonata for Piano no 8 in A minor, K 310 (300d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/1985 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 34 Secs. 
9. Sonata for Piano no 9 in D major, K 311 (284c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1985 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 0 Secs. 
10. Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783 
Date of Recording: 05/1984 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 58 Secs. 
11. Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1983 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 24 Minutes 0 Secs. 
12. Sonata for Piano no 12 in F major, K 332 (300k) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1983 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 29 Secs. 
13. Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K 333 (315c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783-1784; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1984 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 27 Secs. 
14. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C minor, K 457 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1984 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 42 Secs. 
15. Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1984 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 6 Secs. 
16. Sonata for Piano no 15 in F major, K 533 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1983 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 2 Secs. 
17. Sonata for Piano no 16 in C major, K 545 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1983 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 34 Secs. 
18. Sonata for Piano no 17 in B flat major, K 570 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 13 Secs. 
19. 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 
Date of Recording: 05/1984 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 26 Secs. 
20. Rondo for Piano no 2 in F major, K 494 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1983 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Piano Sonata no 1: III. Allegro
Piano Sonata no 2: I. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata no 9: II. Andantino con espressione
Piano Sonata no 11: I. Andante grazioso

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No.1 in C, K.279: 1. Allegro
Piano Sonata No.1 in C, K.279: 2. Andante
Piano Sonata No.1 in C, K.279: 3. Allegro
Piano Sonata No.2 in F, K.280: 1. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No.2 in F, K.280: 2. Adagio
Piano Sonata No.2 in F, K.280: 3. Presto
Piano Sonata No.3 in B flat, K.281: 1. Allegro
Piano Sonata No.3 in B flat, K.281: 2. Andante amoroso
Piano Sonata No.3 in B flat, K.281: 3. Rondeau (Allegro)
Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, K.282: 1. Adagio
Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, K.282: 2. Menuetto I-II
Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, K.282: 3. Allegro
Piano Sonata No.5 in G, K.283: 1. Allegro
Piano Sonata No.5 in G, K.283: 2. Andante
Piano Sonata No.5 in G, K.283: 3. Presto
Piano Sonata No.6 in D, K.284 "Dürnitz": 1. Allegro
Piano Sonata No.6 in D, K.284 "Dürnitz": 2. Rondeau en Polonaise (Andante)
Piano Sonata No.6 in D, K.284 "Dürnitz": 3. Tema con variazione
Piano Sonata No.7 in C, K.309: 1. Allegro con spirito
Piano Sonata No.7 in C, K.309: 2. Andante, un poco adagio
Piano Sonata No.7 in C, K.309: 3. Rondeau (Allegretto grazioso)
Piano Sonata No.8 in A minor, K.310: 1. Allegro maestoso
Piano Sonata No.8 in A minor, K.310: 2. Andante cantabile con espressione
Piano Sonata No.8 in A minor, K.310: 3. Presto

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