- Audio CD (Jan. 11 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Universal Music Group
- ASIN: B000031X81
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
|1. 1. Moderato|
|2. 2. Andante, poco mosso|
|3. 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) - Trio (Un poco pi\xF9 lento)|
|4. 4. Rondo (Allegro vivace)|
|5. 1. Allegro ma non troppo|
|6. 2. Andante|
|7. 3. Scherzo (Allegretto)|
|8. 4. Allegro giusto|
The other half of the disc features the Piano Sonata in B major of 1817. The note suggests that the sonata was written for a female pianist with whom Schubert was briefly infatuated and certainly there is an element of contrived showing off in the clever key-changes and abrupt turns. The slow movement begins in sunshine but has a disturbingly violent middle section to which Uchida gives demonic expression. No wonder the affair ended--and thank goodness! --Rick Jones
Artur Schnabel's recordings of these late Schubert sonatas have not been bettered. They are lucid, full of spirit and character, simple and masterful.
Wilhelm Kempff's Schubert is wonderful- very poetic readings.
Another important point to note with regard to this CD is the sound itself: the instrument she plays is a Steinway piano of one's dreams (those of us who are pianists will appreciate this in particular) and the acoustic, with just the right amount of resonance, is perfect; none of the abrasive, hard piano tone and dull acoustic you get with so many piano recordings from DG or EMI.
If you love the Schubert Sonatas as much as I do, you can't go wrong with this recording.