"...Uribe's articulation in [No.28's] climactic four-part fugue is impressive...admirable technical prowess...Uribe shows she can hurl the Jovial thunderbolts with the best of them..."
The Gramophone - July 2005
"...Blanca Uribe's Juilliard and Viennese training are beautifully displayed...Her tasteful playing is infused with maturity, warmth, and loving care. Here is sincere, disciplined playing and wonderful musicianship, unvarnished by either self-consciousness or egocentricity. [Uribe's playing is] patrician, intimate, warm, lyrical, understated, clean."
American Record Guide - July/August 2005
"...velvety voluptuousness of the playing...Phrases are teased and caressed. Technically, Uribe is totally in control...[Uribe allows] the music to speak with heartfelt sincerity and intimacy..."
Fanfare - May/June 2005
"Uribe plays [the concluding section of No.28] with a strong sense of finished business. The finale [of No.30 is] cleanly articulated by Uribe. Uribe takes [the Arietta movement of No.32] in unhurried manner, savoring its serene beauty and warmth"
Atlanta Audio Society - January 2005
PROGRAM NOTESBlanca Uribe was born in Bogotá, Colombia into a family of many generations of professional musicians. She studied in Vienna at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with Richard Hauser and in New York at The Juilliard School with Rosina Lhevinne and Martin Canin. Her extensive repertoire ranges from Scarlatti to works of the present. Particularly notable are her interpretations of the complete Piano Sonatas of Beethoven which she has performed in cycle on several occasions, and the complete Iberia Suite of Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz.
A prizewinner at many international competitions, Ms. Uribe has appeared as concerto soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, and the American Symphony in New York. Ms. Uribe’s many honors include the General Francisco de Paula Santander Medal, awarded for outstanding contribution to Colombian Culture, the Order of Saint Charles, which she received in 1986 from the President of Colombia, and an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Valle University. She currently holds the George Sherman Dickinson Chair in Music at Vassar College where she has taught since 1969.
Her recordings include Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Nos.29 & 31 with Ginastera's Danzas Argentinas (MSR Classics MS1034); Albeniz' Iberia Suite and Turina's Danzas Fantásticas (Orion); Piano Duos with Harold Martina (Helicon 1020); and works by Richard Wilson as follows: Piano Concerto, with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston (CRI 618), Eclogue (CRI-602), Fixations (Troy 074), Intercalations (Troy 389), and Viola Sonata (Koch 7483).
PROGRAMLUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major Op. 101
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major Op. 109
Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor Op. 111