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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 21

Mitsuko Uchida , The Cleveland Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B008F5FWIC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,721 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 1. AllegroMitsuko Uchida11:07£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 2. AndantinoMitsuko Uchida11:46£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 3. Rondeau (Presto)Mitsuko Uchida10:07£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 1. Allegro maestosoMitsuko Uchida15:42£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 2. AndanteMitsuko Uchida 6:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 3. Allegro vivace assaiMitsuko Uchida 6:47£0.79  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

Mitsuko Uchida is one of the world's leading Mozarteans. She has championed Mozart's sonatas and concertos for decades, and is now among a handful of peerless elder ambassadors.

Uchida’s complete cycle of Piano Concertos recorded for Philips in the 1980s sometimes suffers from the soft-grained and occasionally routine nature of the English Chamber Orchestra's accompaniment under conductor Jeffrey Tate. But that is not a problem with her series of live concert re-recordings for Decca, made in partnership with the Cleveland Orchestra – a top-pedigree ensemble whose Mozart credentials are second to none – which Uchida directs herself from the keyboard.

This latest issue, the third so far, presents two of the composer's best-loved Piano Concertos (from the dozen or so which qualify for that distinction) – the youthful No.9 in E flat K.271, arguably Mozart's first great masterpiece, and the sunny No.21 in C K.467

The steady tempo Uchida adopts for the first movement of K.271 epitomises her approach: carefully considered and scintillatingly nuanced. There is no superficiality. In Uchida's intensely thoughtful and mature accounts, every note matters. That does not mean the performances are over-serious or heavy-weight, however.

The lightly dancing passages in the outer movements of K.271 have rarely sounded so free and nimble, and the finale is brilliantly agile – and Uchida avoids the trap of burdening the minor-key slow movement with wallowing angst. There is certainly plenty of operatic emotional drama, but its power is all the greater for the fluid forward momentum, and mesmerising tranquil poise. Uchida also captures Mozart's delicious sense of mischief in the minuet inserted unexpectedly into the heart of the finale, floating serenely and relishing the scotch-snap dance rhythms.

The ultra-refined Cleveland sound – plush but assiduously crisp and airy – is heard at its most ingratiating in the radiant opening movement of K.467, and in the delectable Andante which follows. Uchida glides ethereally over the sumptuous flowing strings and delicate but characterful wind interjections.

Other performances may have a greater sense of spontaneity, but Uchida's measured approach reaps huge rewards – and, above all, captures the miraculous joy in this most life-affirming music.

--Graham Rogers

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DEC 4783539; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale per Piano

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet 9 Oct 2012
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is the third live recording of Mozart Piano Concertos in the collaboration between Mitsuko Uchida and the Cleveland Orchestra on Decca. The previous two were notable for the thoughtfulness and subtlety of the performances and this issue is in many ways the best yet. Recorded as recently as April 2012 in the grateful acoustic of the Severance Hall, it is technically and sonically flawless, achieving a lovely balance between the sonorous new Hamburg Steinway and the refined orchestra. The sound is warm and detailed with very little audience noise. There is just enough of a hint of percussive edge in the piano to provide piquancy but the horns and flutes in the opening bars of K467 are also sufficiently prominent to emphasise its sprightly military character.

The combination of works on offer is especially enticing: K467, perhaps Mozart's most celebrated piano concerto and K271, the inaccurately named "Jeunehomme", a work from the first flowering of his youthful maturity written in the month of his twenty-first birthday.

The fluidity, evenness and delicacy of Uchida's touch are a joy throughout; this is effortless music-making at its most captivating. The sweetness of her playing of Mozart's cadenza in the first movement is capped by a glorious trill flourish bringing the movement to a very satisfying close. The exuberance of the Allegro yields to the sighing melancholy of muted strings underpinning the pianist's filigree arioso figures. Typically of a concerto of such varied and contrasting moods, the Presto is first attacked with real brio and élan; then comes the surprise minuet section, again with muted strings and pizzicato accompaniment, before the movement closes with a cadenza of great strength and purpose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars something really exciting 3 Sep 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
It's going to be impossible to convey what it is that makes this recording quite so special, but it is so intensely alive and has such authority that it seems to me the best Mozart playing I have ever heard. As you listen, every epithet springs to mind, often contradicting each other - it is both delicate and powerful, staccato (particularly striking in the sequential passages of K.467, to delectable effect) and singing, surprising in every phrase and yet convincing you at that very instant that this is the way it really should go ... There's absolutely nothing precious about it, yet the sound stops short of ever being clangorous, even though it often pushes in a boldly expressive direction. In short, Mitsuko Uchida is a marvel, and she draws wonderful playing from the Cleveland players also. The way she shapes the cantilena in both slow movements is phenomenal because it is not at all self-conscious and yet combines refinement with a sense that we are at the white-hot heart of Mozart's genius. It constantly makes you think of Beethoven, or even of a certain Romanticism in its expressiveness and controlled pedal blur, which is nevertheless kept within certain limits ... even so it makes me think how all music to some extent strives towards some kind of Romantic expression, whether looking forwards or back ... The finales are crisp but not especially fast, and while the figuration is beautiful what often strikes me is not so much the familiar shapes but how Uchida balances them against the left-hand figuration in such a way that the left hand seems to command the ear as well. You really find yourself listening for every slightest nuance of dynamic and phrasing like a rock-climber holding to the side of the cliff ... but with more pleasure ... It really is a thrilling experience!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet 9 Oct 2012
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the third live recording of Mozart Piano Concertos in the collaboration between Mitsuko Uchida and the Cleveland Orchestra on Decca. The previous two were notable for the thoughtfulness and subtlety of the performances and this issue is in many ways the best yet. Recorded as recently as April 2012 in the grateful acoustic of the Severance Hall, it is technically and sonically flawless, achieving a lovely balance between the sonorous new Hamburg Steinway and the refined orchestra. The sound is warm and detailed with very little audience noise. There is just enough of a hint of percussive edge in the piano to provide piquancy but the horns and flutes in the opening bars of K467 are also sufficiently prominent to emphasise its sprightly military character.

The combination of works on offer is especially enticing: K467, perhaps Mozart's most celebrated piano concerto and K271, the inaccurately named "Jeunehomme", a work from the first flowering of his youthful maturity written in the month of his twenty-first birthday.

The fluidity, evenness and delicacy of Uchida's touch are a joy throughout; this is effortless music-making at its most captivating. The sweetness of her playing of Mozart's cadenza in the first movement is capped by a glorious trill flourish bringing the movement to a very satisfying close. The exuberance of the Allegro yields to the sighing melancholy of muted strings underpinning the pianist's filigree arioso figures. Typically of a concerto of such varied and contrasting moods, the Presto is first attacked with real brio and élan; then comes the surprise minuet section, again with muted strings and pizzicato accompaniment, before the movement closes with a cadenza of great strength and purpose.

The more familiar C major concerto is played with verve but without showiness; Uchida, using her own cadenzas, offers an interpretation which is often elegant and understated but never listless. The pose of the famous Andante is succeeded by an irrepressibly high-spirited finale with Uchida executing the ruins with astonishing precision and fluency.

I have no criticism of this disc and look forward to the continuation and eventual completion of a superb series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mitsuko Uchida at her third Mozart release with Cleveland Orchestra 13 Oct 2012
By P. Adrian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For several years now, Japanese keyboard virtuoso Mitsuko Uchida has developed a close collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra in performing and recording Mozart concertos. Maybe these are the first steps towards a new integral having her signature. An earlier one was accomplished decades ago with English Chamber orchestra under the baton of Sir Jeffrey Tate.

The particular savour of these new performances resides in the fact that Uchida assumes now the double role of conducting and playing the soloist part. This posture enables her to shape in a very suitable manner her vision on these undisputed masterpieces of the classical concerto genre. The whole gets a very personal and unitary touch. The tempo, the airy phrasing, the refined rubato, even some unexpected accents Uchida conjures up from her keyboard compound a valuable musical account, As, for the previous releases Uchida & Cleveland, I dare say this is a masterful one, for it receives that fresh and personal flavour that singles out the excellence.

In this new release two truly landmark concertos are lined up: the first great masterpiece of Mozart's catalogue (composed when he was just 19) - the well-known "Jeunnehomme" Concerto K 271 - and a mature outcome such as the 21st Piano Concerto K 467 (nicknamed "Elvira Madigan) after a famous movie), both breathing a seductive Viennese aroma under Uchida's inspired fingers. Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Interpretation on the old 21 11 Oct 2013
By Paul - Published on Amazon.com
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There are so many versions of piano concerto no21 that I almost didn't bother getting it. It was the high ratings and reviews that tipped me over. If you're a fan of concerto 21 then I highly doubt you'll regret adding this to your collection. There will always be some purest or someone with some crazy high standards that will hate on this. They even might want to strangle me with a piano string at this very moment. I just hope they do it while I'm listening to this album; would be a cool way to enter into heaven. Don't listen to the h8ter$. If you like the 21, then you should treat-yo-self and buy it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond expectations 26 Aug 2013
By Alan M Eddington - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Both concertos were brought to life like never before in this recording, but it is #21 which draws the listener into a land of reverie, mystical beauty and elegance, like no other performance of this Concerto I've ever experienced!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing INTERPRETATION AND RECORDING 3 Jan 2013
By Errol Guggenheim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Uchida does a magnificent interpretation of the work and the recording quality is excellent.
I have subsequently ordered other works played by her
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