You Choose Mitsuko Uchida's Birthday Music

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This coming Friday, pianist Mitsuko Uchida turns 65. Today's Showdown let you choose between three of her interpretations of Mozart’s works in every major keyboard genre: concerto, chamber music and solo sonata.

We asked you to choose which of these three pieces you wanted to hear Uchida perform. Nearly half of you voted to hear Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 in G performed by Uchida with the English Chamber orchestra under the direction of Jeffrey Tate. We played it at noon.

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Comments [6]

David Gravitz from Westchester

Don't understand your choices. If a Mozart concerto, why not any of the ones 20-27, especially 20 or 24? If sonata, why not #11? If chamber music why not Piano Quartet in Eb (not sure if that's correct key)? I agree with comments about too much Mozart since we just had a month of him. What's wrong with piano concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Tschaikovsky #1, Rach #2 or 3, Chopin, Liszt, etc.?

Dec. 18 2013 12:01 PM
The Truth from UWS

More Mozart? Really? Why not Uchida's performance of Berg's Chamber Concerto? Or her exquisite version of Debussy 12 Etudes? She did a fine recording of Schubert's Davidsbundlertanze some years ago. Show some originality here folks?

Dec. 18 2013 10:20 AM
Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

I thought the Month of Mozart was over! Surely there are other composers whose piano works could have been included in this Showdown.

Dec. 18 2013 09:31 AM
Karen Langro

It's so unfair! I want to choose them all, this is Mozart we are talking about. His music just makes one's day even brighter, and remains so, even after the music is over.

Dec. 18 2013 09:30 AM
Sandy Alzubi from NJ, USA

Hello I love that you are playing Mozart. I am such a fan.
PS
I love my moz tote.

Dec. 18 2013 09:19 AM
Tim from Washington DC

The piano sonata please. Uchida's playing has an ethereal quality, other-worldly, that is best heard when there are no other musicians around. Her recordings of the Mozart piano sonatas are among the best records ever made.

Dec. 18 2013 07:44 AM

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