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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos.18 & 19 / Mitsuko Uchida, piano; Cleveland Orchestra

Notes & Reviews:

Another installment in Uchida's much-admired and Grammy-Award-winning Mozart piano concerto series with the Cleveland Orchestra.

This new live recording combines the B flat major, No 18, K456 and the F major, No 19, K459, both part of the great series of piano concertos Mozart wrote in Vienna in the mid-1780s.

Like the composer at the premieres, Uchida directs from the keyboard and enjoys an unusual rapport with one of America's 'Big Five' orchestras.

The Plain Dealer
Drawing sharper-than-usual contrasts between movements, the pianist, who also conducted, added narrative breadth to the concertos, thereby giving the works even more to say than usual.

The Observer, 3rd August 2014
In directing them herself, Mitsuko Uchida draws out Mozart's originality...the Cleveland wind are superbly evocative of Mozart's night-time vision.

The Times, 22nd August 2014
What a delight to find lightness and elegance twinkling away in Mitsuko Uchida's latest Mozart disc...Some may argue for Uchida's touch being almost too decorous for music never all that far from melancholy - but for her sparkling fingerwork and the clear recording I give much thanks.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2014
One of the most intriguing things about Dame Mitsuko Uchida's Mozart is her capacity to conjure up a radiant 18th-century aesthetic without any of the accoutrements of the early music movement...There is a pearly sheen to her tone and an elegance to her articulation that evokes the operatic character of Mozart's Concertos.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
This is Mozart of extraordinary intensity, as you might expect from Dame Mitsuko...Mozart has been a constant throughout Uchida's career but increasingly palpable is an otherworldly quality to her playing, an aspect that radiates out to her fellow players and to us, the audience.


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