Mitsuko Uchida, who recently won a Grammy® Award this year for her previous Mozart concerto recording with The Cleveland Orchestra, is soloist and conductor in Mozart Concertos Nos. 20 in D minor and 27 in B-flat major in Cleveland Orchestra performances that were recorded live in Severance Hall. The album was exclusively released through the Cleveland Orchestra Store on April 19 and receives full distribution in the United States on May 3, 2011.
Of Mitsuko Uchida’s performances of Mozart, The Independent writes: “No pianist conveys the rapture of Mozart quite like Mitsuko Uchida does.” Though Ms. Uchida has previously recorded all the Mozart piano concertos, she has chosen to re-visit them with The Cleveland Orchestra in performances, recorded live, during which she acts as both soloist and conductor with a new and fresh conception of these masterpieces.
Of the performances in April 2010 recorded for this release, the Plain Dealer wrote: “Back at Severance Hall this week revisiting two concertos from her recent Mozart cycle, Uchida turns in readings of such eloquence, one has no trouble understanding why they’re also being recorded for posterity…. The slow middle movement proves one of those experiences none but Uchida can mastermind, a stroll through some heavenly musical garden, where time and gravity hold no sway. Happily, it’s also an experience listeners will soon be able to repeat at home.”