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Mitsuko Uchida, Mark Steinberg – Mozart: Sonatas For Piano & Violin (2005/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Sonatas For Piano & Violin – Mitsuko Uchida, Mark Steinberg (2005/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 1:09:51 minutes | 1,36 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: | © Decca
Recorded: June-July 2004, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, United Kingdom

In perusing CDs of Mozart’s sonatas for piano and violin, a lot can be guessed in advance by noticing which performer is featured prominently, and who is relegated to second place. In these sonatas the violin is minimized to an obbligato accompaniment. Legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida is clearly the dominant partner, and rising violinist Mark Steinberg is only her deferential sidekick. The usual problems of balance between the piano and violin are exacerbated by such a lopsided pairing, and it is inevitable that Uchida’s interesting interpretations, refined expression, and impeccable execution will outshine Steinberg’s efforts; no matter how desperately he tries to get on an equal footing with her, he must fail. As it happens, his playing eventually becomes an annoyance, little more than a doubling or elaboration of the melodic line, with little independence of thought, expression, attack, or color. Strangely, one wishes to hear Uchida’s playing unadorned, without the chattering fiddling going on beside her, but this is just further evidence that this duo is mismatched. The sound quality is decent, except that the highly resonant acoustics emphasize the piano to the violin’s further detriment.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.377
1. 1. Allegro 3:46
2. 2. Tema (Andante) con variazioni 10:04
3. 3. Tempo di menuetto 5:48
Sonata for Piano and Violin in C, K.303
4. 1. Adagio – Molto allegro 5:15
5. 2. Tempo di minuetto 4:34
Sonata for Piano and Violin in E minor, K.304
6. 1. Allegro 9:39
7. 2. Tempo di minuetto 6:11
Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, K.526
8. 1. Allegro molto 6:54
9. 2. Andante 10:53
10. 3. Presto 6:53

Mark Steinberg, violin
Mitsuko Uchida, piano


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