Mahler Chamber Orchestra – Mitsuko Uchida piano, conductor
Piano Concerto no. 19, KV 459 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
3 Stücke (Lyrische Suite) Alban Berg
Piano Concerto no. 20, KV 466 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Hearing the famous Japanese pianist Mitsuko Uchida play is always a pleasure. Her sensitive musicality, her rigour and her excellent knowledge of Mozart’s work, culminating in several high-flying and award-winning recordings, have sealed her reputation as a premiere interpreter of the Viennese composer’s piano music. Her presence is so vivid and so familiar – she has been performing in some of the world’s leading concert halls for over 40 years – that she has almost become part of our musical landscape. It’s as if she’s always been there. She will perform two of Mozart’s best-known compositions, while conducting the Mahler Chamber Orchestra from behind the piano. Engaging in refined musical dialogue with Uchida is this magnificent ensemble, which was founded 20 years ago by Claudio Abbado.