Mitsuko Uchida Begins Beethoven Concerto Cycle in Los Angeles

Classic Arts News   Mitsuko Uchida Begins Beethoven Concerto Cycle in Los Angeles
Pianist Mitsuko Uchida and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform all five Beethoven concertos in seven concerts starting tonight.

Each program, conducted by Philharmonic music director Esa-Pekka Salonen, includes one or two of the concertos and a Haydn symphony.

Tonight, the first two concertos are paired with Haydn's Symphony No. 6 ("Morning"); on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, Beethoven's Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 are performed with Haydn's Symphony No. 7 ("Noon"). Next weekend, in three concerts, the Philharmonic plays the Fifth Concerto ("Emperor"), Beethoven's Namensfeier Overture, and Haydn's Symphony No. 8 ("Evening").

Uchida first became well known in the 1980s as a Mozart specialist; she is also a frequent performer of the music of Beethoven, Schubert, Bach, Schumann, Debussy, Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern, as well the contemporary English composer Harrison Birtwistle. She has recorded the Beethoven concertos with composer Kurt Sanderling.

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