- W. A. MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503
- A. SCHÖNBERG Chamber Symphony No. 1
- W. A. MOZART Piano Concerto No. 27, K. 595
- Mitsuko Uchida piano & director
- José Maria Blumenschein concertmaster & leader
ABOUT THIS CONCERT
The Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Mitsuko Uchida commenced their Artistic Partnership back in 2016. Since then, they have brought a large variety of musical programmes to the finest concert halls worldwide. The Partnership focuses on the tasteful pairing of composers from the two Viennese schools and always includes pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The combination of Mitsuko's distinct style of playing and the orchestra's unique sound makes for concert experiences that are nothing short of magical. The program of concerts with the MCO and Mitsuko Uchida usually contains a piece where the MCO plays alone. Throughout the Artistic Partnership with Mitsuko, the orchestra has further developed their ability to play as soloists without losing its distinct chamber music touch. The Guardian newspaper wrote in 2020 that “Uchida and the orchestra often seem, in the best possible sense, like a married couple who have lived a long life together, each finishing the other’s phrases.”
The Piano Concerto No. 25 is only one of the twelve concertos Mozart composed in a three-year period. The composer's particular fondness for this work can be seen from a sketch leaf for the first movement, on which he thoroughly honed the composition. The longest of his concertos, it's characterised by its stately and regal feel. Though Mozart likely began composing his last piano concerto, No 27, sometime in 1788, he would not complete it until January 1791; after composing the first two movements and 39 measures of the finale, he likely realized that his other recently written concertos would suffice for his upcoming performances and saved the unfinished work for later. It would become the composer's last piano concerto.