MCO & MITSUKO UCHIDA: HEADING WEST

24 March 2022

Princeton

Thursday 19:30 / Richardson Auditorium

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Princeton University Concerts

PROGRAMME

W. A. MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488
H. PURCELL Fantasias: in A minor, Z.740; in B flat, Z.736; in C minor, Z.738; in F major, Z.745 (Upon one note)
W. A. MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24, K. 491

Mitsuko Uchida piano & director
Mark Steinberg concertmaster & leader

ABOUT THIS CONCERT

Poised and precise, elegant and immaculate – these are some of the words that have been used to describe the performances of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and our Artistic Partner Mitsuko Uchida. Almost three years since our last appearances in the USA, we reunite for our Princeton debut to share our celebrated approach to Mozart's piano concertos.

The two concertos, Nos. 23 & 24, are considered close siblings, one major, one minor, both written three weeks apart in a year when Mozart's creativity seemed to know no bounds; they were both written while he put the finishing touches to his opera Le nozze di Figaro. Both works showcase Mozart's recent innovation of creating a free exchange of materials and ideas between piano and orchestra, creating a new musical situation that enabled all the dynamic intimacy of chamber music in an orchestral setting, the ideal representation for what makes the partnership between Uchida and the MCO so special.

Providing contrast within the programme are a haunting set of fantasias by Henry Purcell. The English composer experimented with the fantasia in the summer of 1680. Filled with fantasy and texture, they celebrate a musical style that was quickly fading.


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CONCERTS THIS TOUR

20 March 2022 Chicago

Sunday 15:00pm / Symphony Center

W. A. MOZART / H. PURCELL

Mitsuko Uchida piano & director / Mark Steinberg concertmaster & leader

22 March 2022 Chapel Hill

Tuesday 19:30pm / Memorial Hall

W. A. MOZART / H. PURCELL

Mitsuko Uchida piano & director / Mark Steinberg concertmaster & leader

25 March 2022 New York

Friday 20:00pm / Carnegie Hall

W. A. MOZART / H. PURCELL

Mitsuko Uchida piano & director / Mark Steinberg concertmaster & leader

27 March 2022 Berkeley

Sunday 15:00pm / Zellerbach Hall

W. A. MOZART / H. PURCELL

Mitsuko Uchida piano & director / Mark Steinberg concertmaster & leader