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Mozart: 2 Sonatas K 331 & K 332, Etc / Mitsuko Uchida


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 412123   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This was the first CD I'd played in my own study and, with eyes shut, the illusion was complete: Mitsuko Uchida was right there, only a few feet away. The total absence of surface noise, whatever the volume, of course helped most to bring her there. But the naturalness of the piano tone itself, free of any synthetic tang, impressed me no less—in her case a warm, ripe sonority unashamedly that of a modern concert grand. Uchida does not just peck at Mozart. Without loss of simplicity and transparency of style and texture, she leaves no note uncherished, moreover with a left hand just as purposefully expressive as the right. I particularly enjoyed the rich, romantic undertones she draws from the D minor Fantasia, and I'm sure the composer Read more would condone, even welcome, her ending (see RG in the July issue, page 136). In the opening variations of the A major Sonata I wondered if little rhythmic yieldings at important cadence points might in time slightly obtrude. Elsewhere I wondered if she was occasionally inclined to recede from certain points of climax rather than carrying through to their peak. But these are mere quibbles in deeply committed readings that most certainly whet the appetite for more.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [9/1984]
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Works on This Recording

1. Fantasia for Piano in D minor, K 397 (385g) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1983 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2. 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:  London, England 
Length: 23 Minutes 58 Secs. 
3. 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:  London, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 33 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Fantastic March 5, 2013 By Alfredo Lim See All My Reviews "As expected Ms Uchida has performed up to expectation on her rendition of the sonatas if you have heard her before, you have come to expect a very emotional interpretation of the period pieces. Heartfelt performance and great recording job as well ." Report Abuse
 A Little Night Music! August 30, 2012 By W. Brown (Centerburg, OH) See All My Reviews "This is a fabulous cd. From the opening bars of the first movement of the "Alla Turka" Sonata, one is in for a wonderful treat. The articulation and delicate approach that Mitsuko Uchida brings out in Mozart is breathtaking. A great album to relax to after a stressful day at work. I might add, this recording would be wonderful to introduce children (infants-adults) to the wonders of classical music. Pick up a copy, dim the lights, and be absorbed in the world of Mozart. Highly Recommended!!" Report Abuse
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