Mitsuko Uchida

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Mitsuko Uchida's greatest hits? Essentially. Everything Uchida does well is on this pair of discs, starting with her forceful interpretations of Mozart's demonic Piano Sonata in A minor and his Sturm und Drang Piano Concerto in D minor and moving through her brilliantly played Debussy's etudes, her charmingly personable Schumann Carnaval, her terrifyingly virtuosic Beethoven Variations in C minor, her delicately colored Schubert, and ending with her almost inaudible Schoenberg. But Mitsuko Uchida's greatest hits? Essentially. Prompted by Uchida's year-long sabbatical from the concert stage, Philips put together what in another genre would be called a greatest-hits package, with a photograph on the front cover by Annie Leibovitz, three pages of adoring liner notes, and photographs of Uchida as a child at the keyboard. Could anyone imagine Glenn Gould allowing this to happen to him? Could anyone imagine Deutsche Grammophon thinking this was a good way to present Maurizio Pollini? But like most greatest-hits packages, at least this one has the merit of introducing a fine artist to a larger audience. And despite all of the silly glamour of the packaging, Uchida is a very fine artist.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Carnaval for piano, Op. 9
1
2:11
2
1:44
3
1:09
4
2:06
5
2:15
6
0:57
7
1:43
8
1:07
9
0:32
10
0:44
11
0:55 Amazon
12
1:26
13
1:17
14
0:25
15
1:51 Amazon
16
0:51 Amazon
17
2:20 Amazon
18
1:07
19
2:32
20
0:17
21
3:43 Amazon
22
11:13
23
1:48
24
9:37
25
5:40
26
8:08
Little Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 19
27
1:25
28
1:16
29
1:27
30
0:26
31
0:53
32
1:49
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