all things mitsuko

just got caught in absolute down-pouring running from subway and i currently sporting winter thermal gears combatting air conditioning in office (it’s currently 24degC + 95% humidity outside…).  So, friends and the bavarian radio symphony orchestra are coming to NY along with Mitsuko Uchida!!  almost fell out of my seat in excitement hearing that… except she’s actually playing Beethoven piano concert #4 instead of #5… still have 8 months to learn more about #4… If i could get some tips on how to get reasonably priced tickets with good sound in Carnegie hall that’d be greatly appreciated (Stray 🙂 ).  There’s already plans for backstage meeting and some late night NY pizza dinner.  The last few extended trip to Munich has been great fun as i’ve progressively getting to know more this new friend.  Normally he would be too busy for chit-chatting but this time due to a forced vacation (to his delight), we were able to share lots of conversations. he was genuinely immersed in my arctic slides and i in their Armenian ones (the poor country almost went bankrupt paying Placido Domingo’s enormous fee for his visit!!), with lots of fiddling on google maps to sort out world history and where everyone has been.  Insider stories on tours are great, and one way or another we’d always end up with conversations about jumpers for “AC condition” in the US (“this mountain was quite cold, we had to put on our AC-condition sweater!”)

Anyhow, i realized something after this last trip to europe: the musical reward is immense when you can identify with the music. There’s a huge contrast between my trip last year and this. The point is that i can learn to like #4, but it’s on entirely different level to hear what you really love multiple times… In any case, i CANNOT find the rest of this concert anywhere, please please somebody, anybody, who has a clue how i can find the rest please send info my way. Just paid 9€ at the Berliner Philharmoniker site to hear her playing on their digital hall repository… But i really want to hear maestro Seiji Ozawa take on the first and second movements…

There’re many versions of this piano concert on the net, but Mitsuko’s version reached my brain the same way VK’s singing does… very subjective i suppose since we all hear things differently… but she has a very clear intention of playing piano/pianissimo/transitioning and those very subtle drop/increase in intensity are what transpire emotions. Anyhow, this is yet another version i quite like. the orchestra is a bit generic, but quite love the pianist’s take… starting here.


About thả diều
writing-challenged opera-addict

2 Responses to all things mitsuko

  1. stray says:

    Ah thanks for thinking of me, Dr T, but I suspect the person to ask re Carnegie Hall would be Lucy over at Opera Obsession 🙂

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