Today's Classical Music Video

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mitsuko Uchida Talks About the Schumann Piano Concerto


This week I have chosen two videos featuring pianist Mitsuko Uchida. In this video Uchida is featured in conversation with Sarah Willis, a member of the horn section of the BPO. The subject of their conversation is the Schumann Piano Concerto. In the other video we see an excerpt from this concerto with Uchida joined by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Uchida is a celebrated interpreter of the music of Mozart. She has recorded all the piano concertos with Jeffrey Tate and is now in the middle of a second recorded cycle directing from the keyboard. She is highly respected for her Beethoven too. She has recorded all the concertos with Kurt Sanderling conducting and is working on a second cycle with Colin Davis and the London Symphony. And let's not forget her fine performances of the piano music of Schubert and Schumann. This same artist, so much admired for her performances of the Viennese classics is also one of the great interpreters of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto which she has recorded with Pierre Boulez.

Paul E. Robinson

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