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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Mitsuko Uchida by Justin Pumfrey
There’s melody, melancholy, and perhaps a touch of madness in the two late Schubert sonatas framing a gentle early work. The Sonata in A Minor, likely written when the composer learned of the gravity of his venereal disease, is a dark-hued journey from its disconsolate opening to jittery finale. The Sonata in A Major flows with some of Schubert’s most fetching melodies, but the rampaging scales, trills, and clusters that interrupt a tender second-movement theme suggest nightmare or hallucination—perhaps Schubert’s cry of misery from the effects of disease.

Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos I

Mitsuko Uchida is also performing March 29 and May 4.

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Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

Program

ALL-SCHUBERT PROGRAM
Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, D. 568
Piano Sonata in A Minor, D. 784
Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959

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Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959 

Schubert’s penultimate piano sonata flows with an abundance of melodies, but an episode in its second movement startles. Interrupting a placid opening theme is a maelstrom of violent scales, turbulent trills, and explosive clusters of sound suggesting a nightmare or hallucination. Some musicologists and pianists have suggested it’s Schubert’s cry of despair from the effects of syphilis. Whatever the message, it’s one of most dramatic moments in the entire piano literature.

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