180 Days With Mozart And Me

A Survey Of The Philips Complete Mozart Edition…From Symphonies Through Theatre And Ballet Music

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Entries Tagged as 'Mitsuko Uchida'

Of X-Files and Unfinished Gigues (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 14th, 2010 · No Comments · Adagio in B minor, Box 9: Piano Music, Eine kleine Gigue in G, Fantasia in D minor, Gigue (definition), K355, K397, K485, K511, K540, K574, Minuet in D, Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Mozart at 35, Rondo in A minor, Rondo in D major, Saddest Key of All, Veipzig (May 16 1789), Vienna (1789-91), Vienna (early 1782), Vienna (January 10 1786), Vienna (March 19 1788), Vienna (March 3 1787)

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida is back. And I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or if her playing is truly magical. But these compositions are gorgeous. I’m enjoying all of them. Most of these pieces were written in Vienna in the latter part of Mozart’s life (ages 26-35). One was written in Leipzig. All of them [...]

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Of Soggy Days and Sonatas Disparate (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 9: Piano Music, für Anfänger - for beginners, International Music Score Library Project, K494, K533, K545, K570, K576, Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Piano Sonata No 15, Piano Sonata No 16, Piano Sonata No 17, Piano Sonata No 18, Sonata facile, Vienna (February 1789), Vienna (January 3 1788), Vienna (July 1789), Vienna (June 26 1788)

It’s 43 degrees (F.) and rainy at the moment. I don’t mind either one. For this time of year, in Michigan, I’ll take temperatures above freezing and rain instead of snow, any day of the week. Besides, we need to wash away the Winter’s grime. Bring on the rain! The sun just broke through the [...]

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Of Familiar and Fantasia (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 9th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Box 9: Piano Music, Fantasia (definition), Fantasia in C minor, International Music Score Library Project, John Cage, K332, K333, K457, K475, Linz (1783), Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 29, Piano Sonata No 12, Piano Sonata No 13, Piano Sonata No 14, Progressive Rock, Salzburg (1783), Vienna (May 20 1785), Vienna (October 14 1784)

Today’s CD is chock-full of nuance, variations – both subtle and overt – in tempo, mood, and style. The music is perfect for casual listening, as well as active study. Plus, it contains a “fantasia,” which is always interesting – sort of like listening to a piano work by John Cage. One never knows what [...]

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Of Fast Shuffles and Favorite Songs (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Alla Turca, Box 9: Piano Music, Journey, K311, K330, K331, Mannheim (October - November 1777), Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 27, Piano Sonata No 10, Piano Sonata No 11, Piano Sonata No 9, Salzburg (1783), Sonata in A, Sonata in C, Sonata in D, Steve Perry

Even people only vaguely familiar with Mozart’s music will recognize Movement 3 (Alla turca, Allegretto) from Piano Sonata No. 11 in A, K.331 “Alla Turca”. Next to Eine kleine Nachtmusik there’s probably no more instantly-recognizable composition in the Mozart canon. I recognized it, even though I didn’t know what it was called. You should have [...]

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Of Lazy Sundays and Lively Sonatas (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 9: Piano Music, Durnitz, First signs of spring, K284, K309, K310, Mannheim (October - November 1777), Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 22, Munich (Early 1775), Paris (Summer 1778), Piano Sonata No 6, Piano Sonata No 7, Piano Sonata No 8, Polonaise (definition), Robins, Sonata in A minor, Sonata in C, Sonata in D "Durnitz"

Once again, I must say: This is gorgeous music. These piano sonatas grabbed me by the lapels from the first notes. Which is interesting since I’m in my bathrobe. Nary a lapel to be seen. Yet, I’m positive I was grabbed. Go figure. Of course, I’m all about the Allegro. And Allegro con spirito. In [...]

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On Going to Less Than 11 (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 6th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 9: Piano Music, K279, K280, K281, K282, K283, Kenny Bania, Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 19, Munich (Early 1775), Nigel Tufnel, Piano Sonata No 1, Piano Sonata No 2, Piano Sonata No 3, Piano Sonata No 4, Piano Sonata No 5, Seinfeld, Sonata in B flat, Sonata in C, Sonata in E flat, Sonata in F, Sonata in G, Spinal Tap, These Go To 11

You really can’t go wrong with solo piano music. Well, you can if you’re talking about the corner-bar, lounge lizard-type playing. If so, no thanks. I prefer my piano playing with less smarm. And oodles more talent. In fact, I prefer my piano playing like this, as performed by Mitsuko Uchida. Here’s an excerpt from [...]

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