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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