"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 Plain Dealer, Cleveland
"When you have such a superior Mozart pianist directing Mozart concertos from the Steinway, and doing so with such ease and infectious pleasure in making music … who wants (or needs) a separate conductor?" – The Chicago Tribune
Internationally acclaimed pianist Mitsuko Uchida releases another installment in her much-admired and Grammy® Award-winning Mozart piano concertos with the Cleveland Orchestra, available now on Decca. Recorded live, as with the past three albums in the series, during performances in Cleveland's Severance Hall, this new album combines the B flat major, No 18, K456 and the F major, No 19, K459. These two pieces were part of the great series of piano concertos that Mozart wrote in Vienna in the mid-1780s.
Long revered as an interpreter of Mozart's keyboard works, Mitsuko Uchida first recorded the complete cycle of the composer's solo piano concertos in a series of studio recordings with Jeffrey Tate conducting the English Chamber Orchestra.
In re-recording these key works from her repertoire over 20 years later, Uchida takes on the dual role of performer-conductor as she directs one of America's ‘Big Five' orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra, from the keyboard.
Highlights of the 2014/15 season include performances with the London Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink, the Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and play-directing the Chicago Symphony and Cleveland Orchestras. Uchida will tour the U.S. with soprano Dorothea Röschmann in spring 2015.