Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Mitsuko Uchida, piano and director
Mark Steinberg, concertmaster and leader
|MOZART||Piano Concerto in A major, K. 488|
|WEBERN||Five Movements for String Orchestra, Op. 5|
|WEBERN||Variations for Piano, Op. 27|
|MOZART||Piano Concerto in C minor, K. 491|
Following her breathtaking Cal Performances at Home recital in an all-Schubert program this spring, the magisterial pianist Mitsuko Uchida returns for an in-person concert with the dynamic Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) that draws a line from Mozart’s Vienna to the Second Viennese School of Webern.
Uchida, “one of the leading Mozarteans of our day” (Chicago Tribune), is a towering figure on the concert stage—who gained renown early in her career for her complete recorded cycles of Mozart’s concertos and sonatas. The program features two concertos composed in the winter of 1785–86, when Mozart was at the height of his genius: the A major concerto is best known for its magnificent slow movement; the C minor concerto for its bold inventiveness. The musicians of the MCO shine in Webern’s Five Movements, with Uchida joining for the composer’s late-period Variations.
“Few pianists are better exponents of the modern style in Mozart than Uchida, with her constantly alert phrasing and crystalline touch, while the responsiveness of the MCO, playing on mainly modern instruments but in a historically informed manner, was never less than absorbing” (The Guardian).
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