Ruth Leon recommends… Mitsuko Uchida – Cal Performances at Home

Ruth Leon recommends… Mitsuko Uchida – Cal Performances at Home

Ruth Leon recommends

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June 15, 2022

Mitsuko Uchida – Cal Performances at Home

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Arguably the greatest Mozart pianist of our time, Mitsuko Uchida and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (concertmaster  Mark Steinberg), perform a program that draws a line from Henry Purcell’s  uniquely English form of Baroque music to Mozart’s Viennese masterworks. Playing and conducting from the keyboard, Uchida takes on a monumental programme of mostly Mozart but also Purcell and Bach.

Uchida is a revered figure of the concert stage—who gained renown early in her career for her complete recorded cycles of Mozart’s concertos and sonatas. This program features two concertos composed in the winter of 1785–86, when Mozart  was at the height of his genius: the A major concerto is best known for its magnificent slow movement; the C minor concerto for its bold inventiveness. Rounding out the program, the strings of the MCO are featured in a selection of fantasias by Purcell, brilliant compositions that cap an uncommonly fertile era of viol consort music.

The programme includes Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major, K. 488, Purcell’s Four Fantasias (arr. string orchestra), Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C minor, K. 491, and, as an encore, Bach’s Sarabande from French Suite in G major, BWV816. Unmissable.  

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  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    For me arguably the greatest Mozart pianist of our time is Rudolf Buchbinder. And I prefer Mitsuko Uchida when she’s with Schubert

    • Raineri Hakkarainen says:

      NOT TRUE! The best=Mozart 17 Dezo Ranki Mozart 18 Ashkenazy Mozart 19 Lupu Mozart 20 Ashkenazy Mozart 21 Radu Lupu Mozart 22 Laura Mikkola Mozart 23 Solomon Cutner Mozart 24 Maria Grinberg Sokolov Mozart 25 Perahia Mozart 27 Alexei Lubimov

      • Concertgebouw79 says:

        You can add Yeol Eum Son with Mozart 21. A matter of taste. What makes Buchbinder special is that he directs the orchestra for the Mozart concertos and that he has recorded all of them ( for the first one it’s difficult) not only 3 or 4.

      • Piano Lover says:

        What about Friedrich Gulda?Barenboim?

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  • christopher storey says:

    What are Cal performances ?

  • Ludwig's Van says:

    Sorry, but i find her shallow sound annoying. And her shameless re-writing of the 2nd movement coda of the Schumann Fantasy in order to simplify it was the height of arrogance. If you can’t play it, then DON’T play it!!