Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Mitsuko Uchida – piano
Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 CD
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Number of channels: 2.0
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Mitsuko Uchida, Cleveland Orchestra / Mozart – Piano Concertos No. 17 & 25 (2016)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91)
Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453 32:44
01. 1. Allegro 12:45
02. 2. Andante 11:29
03. 3. Allegretto – Finale: Presto 8:30
Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503 34:34
04. 1. Allegro maestoso 16:39
05. 2. Andante 8:23
06. 3. Allegretto 9:32
Recording Venue: Severance Hall, Cleveland
Arguably the world’s greatest Mozart interpreter plays and conducts two of his most popular piano concerti.
“Superior Mozart Pianist” Mitsuko Uchida (Chicago Tribune) concludes her Grammy Award winning series of Mozart Piano Concerto recordings with the Cleveland Orchestra.
This fifth and final instalment of the series includes two of the composers greatest works.
This new recording has her directing the orchestra from the piano herself, in the manner of which 18th century audiences might have been accustomed.
BBC Music Magazine
Clearly she loves every note, and loves them even more now than 30 years ago, but dwelling on them, or pulling around the phrases, or any of the other lapses that can be so infuriating…the playing of the woodwind is so marvellous that you wish you could re-run what you’ve heard and play it again. Perfection of its kind.
As accompanist, Uchida is the most generous of colleagues, withdrawing her sound to a whisper. By contrast, the cadenzas (Mozart’s own) are wondrously shaded, and in that of the slow movement [of K453] she plumbs the depths before drawing to an ethereal close of considerable beauty…if you’re already collecting this series, you’ll need no encouragement from me. But for K453 in particular, this is a winner.
Uchida brings to them a sense of opera buffa comedy in the outer movements and a singing cantabile in the andantes that have always been her hallmarks…The cadenzas are Mozart’s, and the entire performances emblematic of a player who has devoted the best part of her life to his music.