MOZART Piano Concertos No.18 & No.19 / Uchida

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W. A. MOZART

Piano Concertos
No.18 KV 456 Ě No.19 KV 459
Mitsuko Uchida
The Cleveland Orchestra
Int. Release 04 Aug. 2014
1 CD / Download
0289 478 6763 0 CD DDD DH


Track List

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Piano Concerto No.19 In F, K.459

2.
7:51

Piano Concerto No.18 In B Flat, K.456

Mitsuko Uchida, The Cleveland Orchestra

Total Playing Time: 1:00:40

A striking moment occurs early in K456: the unearthly lunge of a repeated figure. It shows the sophistication of the Cleveland strings and demonstrates how, in directing them herself, Mitsuko Uchida draws out Mozart's originality . . . fascinating. The central Andante of K456 spins a wondrous web of endlessly sustained lyricism, held aloft by Uchida's precisely graded lines: truly miraculous playing. Here, and in the Figaro-like Allegretto of K459, the Cleveland wind are superbly evocative of Mozart's night-time vision.

. . . [these are] readings that have all the intelligence and refinement that audiences have come to expect of this great Mozartian. There is a real sense of a stimulating conversation between soloist and orchestra . . . gracefully played.

One of the greatest pianists of our time returns to two marvellous Mozart concertos . . . As should be expected, Uchida brings grace and flair to her performance. The Cleveland Orchestra too, with which Uchida has a truly tangible rapport, provide superbly subtle support.