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Mitsuko Uchida

June 26, 2009

Seeking Balance

Mitsuko Uchida is one of the finest pianists in the world, especially known for the emotional depth of her performances. She could be working non-stop, but chooses to play less than she could, to leave space for relaxation and time with friends. Perhaps, it's that search for balance in her life that allows her to achieve such depth and breadth of emotion in her music. Today, we'll hear her in a performance of Beethoven's third piano concerto, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Allegro from Piano Sonata No. 3 in B-flat, K. 281
    Pianist Mitsuko Uchida
  • Marin Marais
    "The Bells of St. Genevieve"
    Cellist Sol Gabetta, pianist Henri Sigfridsson, and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja
    Schwetzingen Festival, Schwetzingen, Germany
  • Federico Moreno Torroba
    Excerpts from "Estampas"
    The Georgia Guitar Quartet
    Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, Georgia
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
    Pianist Mitsuko Uchida with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and conductor Mariss Jansons
    Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

hour 2

  • Johannes Brahms
    Rondo from Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
    Pianist Shih-Wei Huang, violinist Benjamin Beilman, violist Roberto Diaz, and cellist Natalie Helm
    Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia
  • Steven Bryant
    "Ecstatic Waters"
    The University of Texas Wind Ensemble with conductor Jerry Junkin
    Bates Recital Hall, Austin, Texas
  • Christopher Deane
    "Vespertine Formations"
    Molly Yeh, Scott Crawford, Eric Huber, and Greg Tsalikis, marimbas
    National Orchestral Institute, College Park, Maryland
  • Johann Joseph Fux
    Sonata Pastorale a Tre
    Chatham Baroque
    Synod Hall, Oakland, Pennsylvania
  • Heinrich I. F. Biber
    Sonata No. 5
    Chatham Baroque
    Synod Hall, Oakland, Pennsylvania
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    First movement from Concerto for Oboe, Violin, Strings, and Continuo in C
    Violinist Hilary Hahn and oboist Allan Vogel with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and conductor Jeffrey Kahane
  • Maurice Ravel
    "Gaspard de la Nuit"
    Pianist Haochen Zhang
    Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Fort Worth, Texas
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