Performance Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 8 PM

Mitsuko Uchida

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Praised by The New York Times when she last appeared at Carnegie Hall as “among the most respected artists of our time” for her “probing and magisterial performances” of Schubert’s last three sonatas, Mitsuko Uchida returns to perform his Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 894, a work Robert Schumann considered Schubert’s most perfect in form and spirit. Also on the program is Beethoven’s all-encompassing and transcendent Thirty-Three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli.


  • Mitsuko Uchida, Piano


  • SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 894
  • BEETHOVEN Thirty-Three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Mitsuko Uchida

    Mitsuko Uchida is a performer who brings deep insight into the music she plays through her own search for truth and beauty. She is renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven, both in concert halls and on recordings. She has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern, and Boulez for a new generation of listeners.

    Highlights this season include performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich with David Zinman. She undertakes a recital tour, with venues including Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Vienna's Musikverein, and Chicago's Symphony Center; as well as a tour of Japan.

    Ms. Uchida records exclusively for Decca. Her recordings include the complete Mozart piano sonatas and piano concertos, the complete Schubert piano sonatas, Debussy's etudes,  the five Beethoven piano concertos with Kurt Sanderling, and the final five Beethoven piano sonatas. Ms. Uchida's most recent CD releases include a recording of Mozart's K. 488 and K. 491 concertos, a second disc of K. 466 and K. 595, and a third disc of K. 271 and K. 467; all three recordings feature Ms. Uchida directing The Cleveland Orchestra from the piano. She has also released two acclaimed discs of Schumann's solo piano music.

    Ms. Uchida has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to the development of young musicians and is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. She is also director of the Marlboro Music Festival. In May 2012, she was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's Gold Medal. In June 2009, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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Schubert's  Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 894, (Allegretto)
Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

At a Glance

Only three years separate the completion of Schubert's Piano Sonata in G Major and Beethoven's "Diabelli Variations," and each in some way typifies its composer's late style. Schubert's D. 894 anticipates his renowned final three sonatas in its breadth and general aura of openness; the "Diabelli Variations" characterize Beethoven's final period in their exploration of fugal counterpoint, their simultaneous dedication to liveliness and lyricism, and, ultimately, their transcendent originality.
Program Notes
This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos II, and Keyboard Virtuosos II Sampler.