Mitsuko Uchida piano
Schubert – Sonata in la minore D 537
– Sonata in do maggiore D 840
– Sonata in si bemolle maggiore D 960
The Quartetto joyfully welcomes the great Mitsuko Uchida, back with us after an absence of twelve years. Born in Tokyo, resident in London, she has conquered listeners around the world with her intellectual acuity and the profound inspiration with which she interprets a vast repertoire that runs from Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert to Berg, Webern, Schönberg, Debussy and Messiaen.
She returns to us with a magnificent, all-Schubert programme. Liszt, Schumann and Brahms were very much aware of the fact that Schubert knew the piano’s soul, but professional pianists took much longer to become aware of it: they were put off by the apparent simplicity of the writing, so distant from the flamboyance that was fashionable at the time. Mitsuko Uchida begins with the 20-year-old Schubert (D. 537, 1817) and reaches the greatest of all the sonatas (D. 960, 1828), passing along the way the mature but incomplete sonata nicknamed “Reliquie” (D. 840, 1825).