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Schubert: Piano Sonatas D537 & D664, Etc / Mitsuko Uchida


Release Date: 11/12/2002 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 470265   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When we come to look back over it, agreement will be widespread, I've no doubt, that Uchida's has amounted to a distinguished series, some of it among the best Schubert on the piano there has ever been. And I guess parts of it will continue to divide people. This last instalment is characteristic of her: highly inflected, even in the German Dances, every note thought about, the detail wonderfully wrought, the sovereign pianism and sound at the service of expression that has been felt, lived through, made quite personal. I do like that kind of Schubert playing, one to one, essentially intimate, which entices you to make a journey with a spellbinding guide who has a vision she wants you to share.

Only the finest Schubert
Read more pianists find their way to Uchida's rhythmic control, enabling her to project the impression of a consistent tempo in a sonata movement while in fact there may be several, the changes nearly imperceptible as they follow the demands of the incident. Sample the outer movements of the A minor Sonata, D537, for this, which are thrillingly eventful. In the A major Sonata, D664, perhaps less fully achieved, her nerviness sometimes creates a restlessness at odds with its Biedermeier world. More contentious certainly will be her treatment of the two sets of Deutsche Tanze, particularly the bigger one, D790, where reverie, yearning and laborious tenderness tend to smother the spirit of the dance - as they get slower and slower I long for daylight and fresh air. But when I like Uchida in Schubert I like her enormously; these fine recordings of her, in the Musikverein in Vienna, are part of the attraction.

-- Gramophone [1/2003]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 537/Op. 164 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 20 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819/1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 19 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
German Dances (12) for Piano, D 790/Op. 171 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 15 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
German Dances (6) for Piano, D 820 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 8 Minutes 31 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No.4 in A minor, D537: 1. Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No.4 in A minor, D537: 2. Allegretto quasi andantino
Piano Sonata No.4 in A minor, D537: 3. Allegro vivace
Six German Dances, D820: No.1
Six German Dances, D820: No.2
Six German Dances, D820: No.3
Six German Dances, D820: No.4
Six German Dances, D820: No.5
Six German Dances, D820: No.6
Piano Sonata No.13 in A, D664: 1. Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata No.13 in A, D664: 2. Andante
Piano Sonata No.13 in A, D664: 3. Allegro
12 German Dances, D790: No.1
12 German Dances, D790: No.2
12 German Dances, D790: No.3
12 German Dances, D790: No.4
12 German Dances, D790: No.5
12 German Dances, D790: No.6
12 German Dances, D790: No.7
12 German Dances, D790: No.8
12 German Dances, D790: No.9
12 German Dances, D790: No.10
12 German Dances, D790: No.11
12 German Dances, D790: No.12
12 German Dances, D790: No.12

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