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Mitsuko Uchida, Royal Festival Hall | reviews, news & interviews

Mitsuko Uchida, Royal Festival Hall

Mitsuko Uchida, Royal Festival Hall

Uchida's riveting Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin

No one does introspection like Mitsuko Uchida

Mitsuko Uchida’s playing is a glorious collusion of intellect and fantasy. Her recitals are meticulously planned but seemingly unexpected with chosen pieces impacting upon each other in ways one might not have imagined. Three keyboard giants – Beethoven, Schumann, and Chopin – were the meat of this recital with not an incidental or superfluous note to be found anywhere. No time off for good behaviour, no fillers, no jolly encores, just bags of unsettling subtext and moments of devastating introspection. Nobody does introspection quite like Uchida, nobody shrinks the Festival Hall quite like she does. Up close and personal is what we expect and what we get.

Uchida chronicled the dances with an astonishing range of earthly and unearthly colours, sleep-waltzing into the ravishing final sequence of Book Two

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