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Mitsuko Uchida|Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos

Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos

Mitsuko Uchida, Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Kurt Sanderling

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When does the incandescent become ephemeral? When does the evanescent become artificial? When do the expertly crafted, the gracefully sculpted, and the radiantly beautiful become simply a matter of style and taste? It is impossible to say for certain. For some listeners, Mitsuko Uchida's recordings of Beethoven's piano concertos with Kurt Sanderling conducting either the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra or the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks will be the epitome of aesthetic pleasure. For others, her performances will be instantly forgettable. Uchida certainly has the clear tone, the strong technique, and the necessary heroic-poetic sensibility to play Beethoven's concertos, and Sanderling surely has the depth, the soul, and the experience to conduct Beethoven's concertos, but they don't seem to touch either each other or the music, much less the eternal in Beethoven's music. The witty humor of the First, the easy elegance of the Second, the powerful drama of the Third, the serene lyricism of the Fourth, and the Apollonian majesty of the Fifth seem missing from their performances together, and, although they are pleasant enough while they're playing, when they're over, they're gone and forgotten. Philips' '90s piano sound is as clear, lucid, and warm as its '60s and '70s piano sound, that is to say, as good as the best ever made.
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
1. Allegro con brio
Kurt Sanderling
00:18:14

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Sanderling, Conductor, MainArtist - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer - Onno Scholtze, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mitsuko Uchida, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Van Vugt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Meijer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Evert Menting, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Universal International Music B.V.

2
2. Largo
Kurt Sanderling
00:10:45

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Sanderling, Conductor, MainArtist - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer - Onno Scholtze, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mitsuko Uchida, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Van Vugt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Meijer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Evert Menting, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Universal International Music B.V.

3
3. Rondo. Allegro scherzando
Kurt Sanderling
00:09:27

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Sanderling, Conductor, MainArtist - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer - Onno Scholtze, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mitsuko Uchida, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Van Vugt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Meijer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Evert Menting, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Universal International Music B.V.

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

4
1. Allegro con brio
Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio
00:14:55

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Sanderling, Conductor, MainArtist - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer - Onno Scholtze, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mitsuko Uchida, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Van Vugt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Meijer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Evert Menting, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Universal International Music B.V.

5
2. Adagio
Kurt Sanderling
00:09:29

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Sanderling, Conductor, MainArtist - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer - Onno Scholtze, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mitsuko Uchida, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Van Vugt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Meijer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Evert Menting, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Universal International Music B.V.

6
3. Rondo. Molto allegro
Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio
00:06:32

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Sanderling, Conductor, MainArtist - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer - Onno Scholtze, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mitsuko Uchida, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Van Vugt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Meijer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Evert Menting, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Universal International Music B.V.

DISC 2

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
1. Allegro con brio
Mitsuko Uchida
00:17:33

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Sanderling, Conductor, MainArtist - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer - Mitsuko Uchida, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Concertgebouworkest, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Universal International Music B.V.

2
2. Largo
Mitsuko Uchida
00:10:27

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Sanderling, Conductor, MainArtist - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer - Mitsuko Uchida, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Concertgebouworkest, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Universal International Music B.V.

3
3. Rondo. Allegro
Kurt Sanderling
00:09:13

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Sanderling, Conductor, MainArtist - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer - Mitsuko Uchida, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Concertgebouworkest, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Universal International Music B.V.

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

4
1. Allegro moderato
Kurt Sanderling
00:19:19

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Sanderling, Conductor, MainArtist - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer - Mitsuko Uchida, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Concertgebouworkest, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Universal International Music B.V.

5
2. Andante con moto
Mitsuko Uchida
00:05:06

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Sanderling, Conductor, MainArtist - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer - Mitsuko Uchida, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Concertgebouworkest, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Universal International Music B.V.

6
3. Rondo. Vivace
Mitsuko Uchida
00:10:11

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Sanderling, Conductor, MainArtist - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer - Mitsuko Uchida, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Concertgebouworkest, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Universal International Music B.V.

DISC 3

Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor" (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
1. Allegro
Mitsuko Uchida
00:20:58

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Sanderling, Conductor, MainArtist - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer - Mitsuko Uchida, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

2
2. Adagio un poco mosso
Kurt Sanderling
00:08:20

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Sanderling, Conductor, MainArtist - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer - Mitsuko Uchida, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

3
3. Rondo (Allegro)
Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio
00:10:33

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Sanderling, Conductor, MainArtist - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer - Mitsuko Uchida, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

4
Beethoven: 32 Variations in C Minor, WoO 80
Mitsuko Uchida
00:11:12

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer - Mitsuko Uchida, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

Album Description

When does the incandescent become ephemeral? When does the evanescent become artificial? When do the expertly crafted, the gracefully sculpted, and the radiantly beautiful become simply a matter of style and taste? It is impossible to say for certain. For some listeners, Mitsuko Uchida's recordings of Beethoven's piano concertos with Kurt Sanderling conducting either the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra or the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks will be the epitome of aesthetic pleasure. For others, her performances will be instantly forgettable. Uchida certainly has the clear tone, the strong technique, and the necessary heroic-poetic sensibility to play Beethoven's concertos, and Sanderling surely has the depth, the soul, and the experience to conduct Beethoven's concertos, but they don't seem to touch either each other or the music, much less the eternal in Beethoven's music. The witty humor of the First, the easy elegance of the Second, the powerful drama of the Third, the serene lyricism of the Fourth, and the Apollonian majesty of the Fifth seem missing from their performances together, and, although they are pleasant enough while they're playing, when they're over, they're gone and forgotten. Philips' '90s piano sound is as clear, lucid, and warm as its '60s and '70s piano sound, that is to say, as good as the best ever made.
© TiVo

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