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Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

Monday, February 26, 2018 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Mitsuko Uchida begins her two-season exploration of Schubert piano sonatas. Beethoven’s presence hovers about Schubert’s C-Minor Sonata, a large-scaled work of restless spirit and austere beauty, while the A-Major Sonata’s genial songlike melodies and relaxed tone recall the composer’s “Trout” Quintet. The Sonata in G Major—a favorite of Schumann’s—is a work of meditative grandeur in which the outward suggestion of a timeless waltz gives way to an expansive and deeply affecting landscape.


Mitsuko Uchida, Piano


SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 664
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 894

SCHOENBERG Langsam (Slow) from Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19, No. 2

Event Duration

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

The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Paul J. Sekhri and Mark Gude in support of the 2017-2018 season.

At a Glance

During his tragically foreshortened lifetime, Franz Schubert was far better known for his vocal music than for his instrumental works. Not until the 1820s did audiences and critics grow to appreciate Schubert’s rich trove of orchestral and chamber masterpieces, ranging from symphonies to solo piano works. Even then, fewer than a quarter of his major works in these genres—including just three of his 21 piano sonatas—saw the light of publication before his death in 1828.

The three works on this evening’s program illustrate many of the qualities that prompted Schubert’s contemporaries to compare his piano music to Beethoven’s. The sonatas in C minor and G major are notable for the grandeur of their conception, the richness and complexity of their tonal relationships, and the intricate interweaving of lyricism and drama. Like the shorter and comparatively lightweight A-Major Sonata, they exploit the rich, clear, and evenly balanced sound characteristic of the Viennese fortepianos that Schubert knew and played.

Franz Liszt—who lovingly annotated, adapted, and transcribed dozens of Schubert’s works for the piano—lamented that pianists of his generation were “scarcely aware of what a glorious treasure they have in the piano compositions of Schubert … O tender, ever-welling genius! O beloved hero of the heaven of my youth! From your soul’s depths and heights pour forth melody, freshness, power, grace, reverie, passion, soothings, tears, and flowers—and such is the enchantment of your world of emotions that we almost forget the greatness of your craftsmanship!”


Mitsuko Uchida

A superlative interpreter of repertoire from the Classical and early Romantic eras, as well as composers of the Second Viennese School, Mitsuko Uchida performs with the world’s most respected orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and London’s Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Philharmonia Orchestra. She has worked with esteemed conductors who include Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, and Andris Nelsons. Since 2016, Ms. Uchida has served as the artistic partner of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with whom she has embarked on a five-year project. She also appears regularly in recitals in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, London, New York, and Tokyo, and is a regular guest at Salzburg’s Mozartwoche, Salzburg Festival, and Edinburgh International Festival.

Ms. Uchida’s loyal relationship with the finest orchestras and concert halls has resulted in numerous residencies. She has been an artist-in-residence at The Cleveland Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Salzburg’s Mozartwoche, and the Lucerne Festival. She also curated a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall and a Carte Blanche series at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

Ms. Uchida records exclusively for Decca, and her extensive discography includes the complete Mozart and Schubert piano sonatas. She received a Grammy Award in 2011 for her recording of Mozart concertos, directing The Cleveland Orchestra from the piano, and in 2017 for an album of lieder with Dorothea Röschmann. Her recording of Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and The Cleveland Orchestra won four awards, including the Gramophone Award for Best Concerto.

Highly committed to aiding the development of young musicians, Ms. Uchida is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and director of Marlboro Music Festival. She was awarded the Golden Mozart Medal from Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg and the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association in 2015, and received an honorary degree from the University of Cambridge in 2014. Ms. Uchida was also awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2012 and was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2009.

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