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Mozart: Piano Concertos 24 & 25 / Uchida, Tate, English CO


Release Date: 09/14/1989 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 422331   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a thoughtful approach to the great C minor Concerto. Mitsuko Uchida eschews the overtly Sturm and Drang style that is currently somewhat in vogue for the first movement and is exemplified by Christian Zacharias's attractive EMI disc. Perhaps her interpretation is helped too by the balancing of the 'percussive' piano rather far back in a way that reveals good orchestral detail (from a very good orchestra) while obscuring nothing contributed by the keyboard. But when she plays her own cadenza the piano appears to come forward; the cadenza itself is fairly convincing at first but then goes on too long, wandering stylistically into Beethovenian territory with dreamy recitative and, later, a thumping chord deep in the bass. A poised Read more account of the Larghetto and a powerful but well-nuanced finale complete this attractive performance. Barenboim (also on EMI) romanticizes this concerto a little, so that everything is on the rich side, but his too is a satisfying version. I also have a special fondness for the medium-price Kempff/Leitner (DG) account, which seems to get the right balance between drama and classical poise and where the orchestral support is excellent; despite its age of nearly three decades the sound is more than acceptable.

The C major Concerto has a first movement (Allegro maestoso) that Uchida rightly gives both purpose and determination, so that her playing conveys the dignity and strength of Mozart's thought, though again I'm not really convinced by her two-minute cadenza, which, incidentally, doesn't use the conventional ending via a trill on the dominant. The tempo Uchida chooses for the Andante is a very slow 'walking pace'; for my taste this is too deliberate (and for that matter, with a lurking suggestion of the twee), but in all fairness one must add that her duration of 7'22" is in line with that of the other three pianists listed above. The finale is full of point and not short on the kind of charm that suits the music.

-- Gramophone [8/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1988 
Venue:  London 
Length: 31 Minutes 39 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1988 
Venue:  London 
Length: 31 Minutes 35 Secs. 

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