classical music

Mitsuko Uchida & the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Enjoy two piano concertos, each with a story to tell, performed by one of Mozart's greatest interpreters, Mitsuko Uchida.

Uchida performs with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in her role as Artistic Partner, a long-term collaboration focused on Mozart’s piano concertos.

Mozart’s inventive Piano Concerto No.17 was written for one of his students in 1784, and was the third of his twelve ‘great’ concertos.

The work comprises the usual three movements, and the joyful finale has become noted for another reason – Mozart apparently taught his pet starling to sing the charming main theme that opens the movement, though it consistently got one note wrong!

When they heard the second movement of Mozart’s charismatic Piano Concerto No.22, the audience at the premiere demanded an immediate encore (which was granted). The concerto is full of surprises. He uses clarinets for the very first time, replacing the more usual oboes and thereby introducing a new sonority to his music.

The Guardian described Uchida’s most recent appearance here with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as ‘outstanding, crystalline Mozart.’ In a five-star review, Martin Kettle explained, ‘This is one of those orchestras in which all are stars.’

Mozart’s deceptively complex works are matched with the fragile, intimate soundworld of Jörg Widmann’s Chorale Quartet, an arrangement for strings of his String Quartet No.2.

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1997 based on the shared vision of being a free and international ensemble, dedicated to creating and sharing exceptional experiences in classical music.

Its core repertoire, ranging from the Viennese classical and early Romantic periods to contemporary pieces and world premieres, reflects the orchestra’s agility in crossing musical boundaries.

Ask anyone interested in piano music who they’d most like to hear playing Mozart, and many would answer Mitsuko Uchida
The Guardian
Uchida struck a near-ideal balance between searching for detail and keeping her eye on the bigger picture. As the concerto powered towards its conclusion, everything felt right with the world.
The Financial Times


Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Mitsuko Uchida piano, director


Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453
Jörg Widmann: String Quartet No.2 (Chorale) arr. chamber orchestra
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat, K.482

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