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or her latest Decca album, Dame Mitsuko Uchida places Schumann's turbulent Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor Op. 22 in company with his romantic Waldszenen ("Forest Scenes") Op. 82, begun in the revolutionary year of 1848, and the Gesänge der Frühe ("Songs of Dawn") Op. 133, transcendent creations written shortly before his confinement in a mental asylum. Dame Mitsuko's empathic understanding of the contrasting character and moods of each work and ability to portray them in sound underline her status among the greatest pianists of our time.
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Mitsuko Uchida plays Mozart and Schubert on next WFMT: CSO bcast
The Chicago Symphony presents the full range of orchestral works under the seasoned baton of music director Riccardo Muti. The top tier soloists and guest conductors complete the series with artists like Yo-Yo Ma, Matthias Goerne, and Daniil Trifonov; as well as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mitsuko Uchida, and Bernard Haitink. Hosted by Lisa Simeone, the two-hour Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the CSO Radio Broadcast...
Only joy transmitted spectacularly, in LA Phil 'Schumann Focus' with Dudamel and Uchida / LA Observed
Only joy was transmitted -- spectacularly -- during the LA Philharmonic's "Schumann Focus" at Disney Hall. A huge chunk of it animated by Gustavo Dudamel and Mitsuko Uchida. What was this we wondered. What connected our resident podium-meister to this revered pianist, one who has wedded music to her soul like few others. What was this new-found love fest? And on their very first outing together? ...
Uchida and the CSO under Salonen is astonishing in Bartok Piano Concerto No. 3 / WTTW: Chicago Tonight
Here is the formula for an astonishing evening of music: Take Bela Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 3 – a rhythmically stunning, demonically difficult modern work dating from 1945 (and completed just four days before the composer's death) – and put it in the astonishing hands of pianist Mitsuko Uchida, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Then, frame this volc...
When two of the world's finest Schumann interpreters get together, magic is bound to happen / BLOUIN ARTINFO
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Cleveland Orch. | Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos. 17 (K453) & 25 (K503), / WFMT: 'Featured Release'
The Cleveland Orchestra and Mitsuko Uchida release their latest Decca recording project: Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos. 17 (K453) and 25 (K503), which were recorded live at Severance Hall in February 2016. "With K453 in G major Mozart opens a new horizon in his piano concertos," says pianist Uchida, "With this lyrical and poignant piece, he began using the woodwinds as solo instruments, almost e...
Leon Fleisher & festival AD - Mitsuko Uchida close 66th Marlboro / Barre Montpelier Times Argus
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Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart Piano Concertos / WCLV October Choice CD
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Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart Piano Concertos / WQXR: Album Of the Week
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Mitsuko Uchida returns to BBC Proms / The Guardian interview
Fiona Maddocks chats with pianist Mituko Uchida about the pianist on her beloved Steinways, the sea, sudoku and her long-awaited return to BBC Proms. Will it feel the same being back at the Proms after an absence of almost 20 years?
Twenty? I thought it was about five! I'm a different person now. The main reason I haven't been is that every year I'm away in Vermont as directo...
Mitsuko Uchida back on stage after a hand injury / The Guardian concert review
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Mitsuko Uchida: Schumann / New York Times review
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