Enjoy two piano concertos, each with a story to tell, performed by one of Mozart's greatest interpreters, Mitsuko Uchida.
Mozart’s inventive Piano Concerto No.17 was written for one of his students in 1784, and was the third of his twelve ‘great’ concertos.
The work comprises the usual three movements, and the joyful finale has become noted for another reason – Mozart apparently taught his pet starling to sing the charming main theme that opens the movement, though it consistently got one note wrong!
When they heard the second movement of Mozart’s charismatic Piano Concerto No.22, the audience at the premiere demanded an immediate encore (which was granted). The concerto is full of surprises. He uses clarinets for the very first time, replacing the more usual oboes and thereby introducing a new sonority to his music.
The Guardian described Uchida’s most recent appearance here with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as ‘outstanding, crystalline Mozart.’ In a five-star review, Martin Kettle explained, ‘This is one of those orchestras in which all are stars.’
Mozart’s deceptively complex works are matched with the fragile, intimate soundworld of Jörg Widmann’s Chorale Quartet, an arrangement for strings of his String Quartet No.2.
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