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Legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida brings a deep insight into the music she plays through her own quest for truth and beauty. Renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven, she has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern and Boulez for a new generation of listeners.

Highlights this season include a performance at the BBC Proms with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, the Berlin Philharmonic with Simon Rattle as well as play-directing Mozart concerti with the Cleveland Orchestra and with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with whom she will return to the Salzburg Mozartwoche. Recital tour venues in 2016 include the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Royal Festival Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. With a strong commitment to playing chamber music, Mitsuko Uchida collaborates closely with the world's finest musicians. A European tour with Magdalena Ko?ená in the autumn will be followed by a performance of the Schumann piano quintet with the Ebène Quartet at the Wigmore Hall. Uchida will also appear in chamber music programmes with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the United States and members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Jörg Widmann, in a residency at Frankfurt Alte Oper.

Mitsuko Uchida's loyal relationship with the finest orchestras and concert halls has resulted in numerous residencies. She has been Artist-in-Residence at the Cleveland Orchestra and at the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Salzburg Mozartwoche and Lucerne Festival. Carnegie Hall dedicated to her a Perspectives series entitled ‘Mitsuko Uchida: Vienna Revisited' and the Concertgebouw a Carte Blanche series.

Mitsuko Uchida records exclusively for Decca. Her extensive discography includes the complete Mozart and Schubert piano sonatas. Since 2011 Uchida has been recording Mozart's Piano Concerti with the Cleveland Orchestra live in concert and directing from the piano. The first release won a Grammy Award in 2011. The latest release (August 2014) features piano concerti K456 and K.459, and Uchida will record the next instalment in 2016. Her recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra won four awards, including The Gramophone Award for Best Concerto. The next Decca CD to be released shortly, fruit of her collaboration with Dorothea Röschmann, will feature lieder by Schumann and Berg.

Highly committed to aiding the development of young musicians, Mitsuko Uchida is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Director of the Marlboro Music Festival. In May 2012 she was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's Gold Medal. In June 2009 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and received an Honorary Degree from the University of Cambridge in 2014.

A guest of honour at the Salzburg Mozartwoche in 2015, performing a solo recital and chamber music concerts, Mitsuko Uchida was awarded the Golden Mozart Medal.

 

Dorothea Röschmann (born 17 June 1967) is a German opera soprano from Flensburg. Röschmann studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, under Barbara Schlick at the Akademie für Alte Musik in Bremen, and subsequently in Los Angeles, New York, Tel Aviv, and under Vera Rózsa in London. She has been working as a Lieder and concert singer, both in Germany and abroad, since 1986. She gained international recognition in 1995 with her debut at the Salzburg Festival, where she sang the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and staged by Luc Bondy.

She was a member of the ensemble at the Berlin State Opera for many years, where she had great successes singing Micaela in Carmen, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Ännchen in Der Freischütz and many others.

She has appeared as in Le Nozze Di Figaro at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan in March 2012. She previously also sang as Contessa d'Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, which she first performed in 2004 at the Ravenna Festival and then in 2006 at the Royal Opera House (director: David McVicar; conductor: Antonio Pappano) and Salzburg (again with Harnoncourt conducting, and staged by Claus Guth).

As a concert singer she took part in the project of Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir to record the complete vocal works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

On September 10, 2011, she took part in the performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2, in a New York Philharmonic concert at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. The free concert, presented to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York City, was conducted by Alan Gilbert and telecast on PBS on that anniversary.

Mitsuko Uchida | Dorothea Roschmann

Schumann and Berg

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1 Schumann: Liederkreis, Op.39 - In der Fremde  
2 Schumann: Liederkreis, Op.39 - Intermezzo  
3 Schumann: Liederkreis, Op.39 - Waldesgesprach  
4 Schumann: Liederkreis, Op.39 - Die Stille  
5 Schumann: Liederkreis, Op.39 - Mondnacht  
6 Schumann: Liederkreis, Op.39 - Schone Fremde  
7 Schumann: Liederkreis, Op.39 - Auf einer Burg  
8 Schumann: Liederkreis, Op.39 - In der Fremde  
9 Schumann: Liederkreis, Op.39 - Wehmut  
10 Schumann: Liederkreis, Op.39 - Zwielicht  
11 Schumann: Liederkreis, Op.39 - Im Walde  
12 Schumann: Liederkreis, Op.39 - Fruhlingsnacht  
13 Berg: Sieben fruhe Lieder - 1. Nacht  
14 Berg: Sieben fruhe Lieder - 2. Schilflied  
15 Berg: Sieben fruhe Lieder - 3. Die Nachtigall  
16 Berg: Sieben fruhe Lieder - 4. Traumgekront  
17 Berg: Sieben fruhe Lieder - 5. Im Zimmer  
18 Berg: Sieben fruhe Lieder - 6. Liebesode  
19 Berg: Sieben fruhe Lieder - 7. Sommertage  
20 Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42 - 1  
21 Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42 - 2  
22 Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42 - 3  
23 Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42 - 4  
24 Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42 - 5  
25 Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42 - 6  
26 Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42 - 7  
27 Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42 - 8  
Dorothea Roschmann Speaks About Performing and Working with Mitsuko Uchida

For all their radical stylistic differences, Schumann and Berg were composers whose creative personas had much in common. In particular, both were steeped in literature, and both had a lifelong fascination with cryptograms and numerical symbolism of all kinds. But while Berg's formative years were spent composing virtually nothing other than Lieder, Schumann turned seriously to song only after a decade spent writing almost exclusively music for solo piano. Not by chance, Schumann's change of direction in 1840 coincided with his long-postponed marriage to Clara Wieck. In that one year alone, as though in rapturous greeting to his bride, he composed around 130 Lieder - a body of work that is sufficient in itself to place him as second only to Schubert in the pantheon of song composers.

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