Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Beethoven : The Last Three Piano Sonatas - Mitsuko Uchida, Paris 2009



Concert given 30th of September 2009, Paris (Théâtre des Champs Elysées)

Beethoven : The Last Three Piano Sonatas - Mitsuko Uchida, Paris 2009

Uchida has recorded these on CD - a wonderful recording which I would recommend to anyone - but these performances are live: three of the highest peaks in the repertoire, one after the other, without a break, without a retake. That gives this recording the magic of live performance. They are so different, one from the other. It is truly a piano triathlon, with the most searching test saved for last.

I've written a paper on the last sonata, thanks to the prompting of my versatile colleague Dr Des O'Neill, who organised a symposium on creativity in older age. It's my most downloaded paper, curiously.

You can read it here


Recorded from France Musique, internet, 21 October 2009

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2 comments:

  1. Assuming this is mp3 a lossless version can be found here:
    http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=272515

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  2. Is the link to a bootleg of the CD? Wonderful as the CD is, I think that the sustained feat of concentration involved in playing all three sonatas, live, without room for retakes, give this performance an extra edge.

    Though, of course, the CD has better sound quality.

    Still, France Musique did a good job.

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