A poet of the piano, Mitsuko Uchida is famed for playing that matches elegance and poise with mercurial excitement.
Her International Festival recital combines gentle lyricism and explosive virtuosity. To begin, she contrasts two luminous Preludes and Fugues from the second book of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier with Schoenberg’s startling set of expressionist miniatures, the Six Little Piano Pieces.
Schumann’s tender yet powerful music is the ideal match for Uchida’s captivating playing. His Waldszenen (‘Forest Scenes’) offer a richly Romantic view of the natural world, and his Second Piano Sonata is a tempestuous, virtuosic piece. Uchida ends her concert with the spiritual beauty of the touching Gesänge der Frühe (‘Songs of Dawn’).
‘among the most respected artists of our time’
The New York Times
Mitsuko Uchida Piano
Prelude and Fugue No 1 in C BWV870
Prelude and Fugue No 14 in F sharp minor BWV883
Six Little Piano Pieces Op 19
Waldszenen Op 82
Piano Sonata No 2 in G minor Op 22
Gesänge der Frühe Op 133