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The New Review: Critics: Classical: CLASSICAL RELEASES: Mozart Piano Concertos Nos 18 in B flat, K456 & No 19 in F, K459 Mitsuko Uchida (piano and director), Cleveland Orchestra (DECCA)

August 3, 2014

Nicholas Kenyon

A striking moment occurs early in K456: the unearthly lunge of a repeated figure. It shows the sophistication of the Cleveland strings and demonstrates how, in directing them herself, Mitsuko Uchida draws out Mozart's originality. These two concertos just precede the final famous ones, but are equally fascinating. The central Andante of K456 spins a wondrous web of endlessly sustained lyricism, held aloft by Uchida's precisely graded lines: truly miraculous playing. Here, and in the Figaro-like Allegretto of K459, the Cleveland wind are superbly evocative of Mozart's night-time vision. But in the outer movements of K459, a more big-boned approach is welcome and I find Uchida's staccato a little light and picky. Nicholas Kenyon

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Source: Observer (UK)

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