mitsuko uchida live on bbc3

when: now 16h EST, first movement just started
what: beethoven piano concerto #5 with Sir Colin Davis conducting
where: Barbican hall, London

she’s using her own piano, the 3rd, “youngest one”, and “he’s not fat, not loud, he has the ability to make the softest sound” (of the 3 she owns), she said. interesting she calls it a “he” and not “she”…

after 24hr from the broadcast, you should be able to listen again here for the next 7 days.


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5 Responses to mitsuko uchida live on bbc3

  1. Eyesometric says:

    Brava! I just caught the gloriously surprising last movement. Didn’t know this musician.

    • thả diều says:

      clap clap clap. i talked about her a bit on my blog, just a bit :-). but she’s quite interesting, i’d love to catch her live one of these days… i’ll listen in again later when the people are gone, couldn’t make it loud enough on speakers during work hours :-), so her soft playing was hidden…

      edit, you can also see her here playing the same 3rd movement with Seji Ozawa
      ah, and coming now is Renee Flemming singing Mozart, time for me to catch up with getting-to-know her…

    • jcmwee says:

      Eyes! Check out Mitsuko conducting and playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto #20

      I’m not sure about her conducting – as a chorister/singer, I’d die with that kind of “FEEL IT THE WAY I DO” direction, but the instruments sound like they’re coping magnificently.

      • thả diều says:

        i was wondering too after seeing this a while back… guess a long discussion before hand plus an very very good first violinist and musicians? 🙂 i think Mitsuko recorded many mozart concertos with the same orchestra, so they must have known her style well…

        • Eyesometric says:

          I think the bottom line is that, with this style of music anyway, the conductor is superfluous. It’s pretty strict tempo, the musicians know what they are doing and move together. They are relying more on this than watching the direction. But – it’s a long introduction and what else would the soloist do during that time with their back to the audience. It is easy to direct from an instrument with the head and eyes rather than gesture but I guess there is an element of showmanship which the audience enjoys and none of this really detracts from the stunning playing and interpretation. If I had seen this live I would probably have closed my eyes to enjoy more as this musician often does!

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