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Mitsuko Uchida: Shades of Mozart

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, Londres, Greater London, SE1 8XX, Reino Unido
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viernes 12 marzo 202119:30

Mozart never sounded more sublime than in his Viennese piano concertos. Hear them from a pianist who unlocks the composer’s secrets like no other.

In 1785, the sometimes tortured Mozart at last found some stability. He moved into a large apartment in Vienna, established a new concert series at the Mehlgrube Theatre and composed one of his most optimistic and exuberant piano concertos: No.21.

The concerto is bright and resplendent yet tinged with darkness. Swedish director Bo Widerberg noticed that quality when he used the work’s serene slow movement for his movie Elvira Madigan, linking the music’s shadowy undercurrents with the idealist nonchalance of his doomed lovers.

Before embarking on Mozart in display mode, Mitsuko Uchida plays the Concerto No.18, written a year before No.21. Here, Mozart is altogether more moody, writing a set of slow variations in his ‘tragic’ key of G minor and filling the music with unsettling accents, syncopations and about-turns.

Nobody plays Mozart’s concertos like Mitsuko Uchida, whose recordings of these scores, directed from the keyboard, have brought joy to thousands.

‘Every phrase is elegantly tooled, every texture perfectly weighted,’ wrote The Guardian of the project.

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