Mozart Concertos / Mitsuo Uchida, Mozart, CVO

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488
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Notes & Reviews:

"Throughout, Uchida (who recorded a cycle in the 1980s for Philips Classics with Jeffrey Tate conducting the English Chamber Orchestra) is aided by deeply engaged playing by the Orchestra, particularly the exquisite woodwinds (check out the major key variation in the slow movement of 24), which in turn are recorded with an analogue vinyl-like perfection of timbre and lack of strain that is rarely heard these days. The orchestra is situated in an ethereal space which expands, like space and time, as the music demands. It sounds fabulous at any volume level, without ever a hint of sonic whine. In addition to having a wonderfully free, easy and entirely authentic sense of filling in the countless empty passages and linking devices that Mozart leaves to the pianist’s discretion, Uchida’s own cadenza in the first movement of 24 blossoms into a grand, mesmerizing, harmonically drifting improvisation before settling in at the end with the assurance of sensual satisfaction... Mozart himself would certainly have smiled at these performances. I hope it is the first in a series." -Audiophile Audition (audaud.com)

Gramophone Magazine
... here is sublime Mozart-playing whether in C minor turbulence or A major radiance. In K491... Uchida conveys an ineffable sadness with sudden withdrawals of such subtlety that all the shades of autumn seem with us... in K488, while nothing is plain sailing, everything is as natural as it is revelatory. When have you heard the central F sharp minor Siciliano more gently or lovingly confided, or the opera buffa finale more joyfully spun off? ...the Cleveland Orchestra are entirely at one with their inspired soloist. ...even a few bars will convince you that you are listening to one of the truly great artists of our time.

BBC Music Magazine
In the great C minor Concerto, K491, the opening tutti rages with all the ferocity of middle-period Beethoven, and when the piano enters it is pleading, fragile. ... I found the last [movement] that series of mainly tormented and ever more convoluted variations, as powerful as any performance I have heard... The much sunnier A major Concerto, K488, is perhaps a less problematic piece to play. Uchida...in the slow movement rises to heights of eloquent grief that are demanded, but seldom risked. The last movement is gloriously abandoned.

The Guardian
Every phrase is elegantly tooled, every texture perfectly weighted. The Cleveland Orchestra is currently one of the finest in the world, and it is fascinating to hear it scaling down its usually opulent sound to the almost chamber-music transparency that Uchida obviously expects.



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491
  • Performer: Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
  • Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
  • Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
  • Notes: Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH (12/04/2008-12/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488
  • Performer: Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
  • Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
  • Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
  • Notes: Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH (12/04/2008-12/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786
  • Studio/Live: Live