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Dame Mitsuko Uchida

Pianist Dame Mitsuko Uchida invites Sean Rafferty into her studio for an extended interview in which she reflects on a life in music and culture.

Pianist Dame Mitsuko Uchida invites Sean Rafferty into her piano studio for an extended interview reflecting on a life in music and culture.
Mitsuko Uchida is one of the world's most celebrated pianists, noted for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven. Japanese born Uchida has made the UK her home and houses her four pianos in a studio in West London - a deeply personal space, not often opened to visitors. Mitusko Uchida discusses her early musical memories, from her instant connection with the piano to hearing Aida with her father when an Italian opera company made its first visit to Japan. She describes her love of London, how she doesn't feel the need to own great art and her deep love of Mozart, a composer who "always forgives".

Producer: Freya Hellier

First broadcast in December 2013 (Revised repeat).

1 hour

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto no. 20 in D minor K.466 for piano and orchestra

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida. Performer: Cleveland Orchestra.
    • DECCA.
    • 478-2596.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Aida - opera in 4 acts

    Performer: New York Philharmonic.
    • CBS.
    • 44724.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata in C major K.279 for piano

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 412 617-2-.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite no. 3 in C major BWV.1009 for cello solo

    Performer: Pau Casals.
    • PEARL.
    • GEMS-0045.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Quartet in C sharp minor Op.131 for strings

    Performer: Busch Quartet.
    • Dutton.
    • CDBP 9773.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Le Nozze di Figaro - opera in 4 acts K.492

    Performer: Joyce DiDonato. Performer: Lyon Opera Chorus. Performer: Lyon Opera Orchestra.
    • VIRGIN.
    • 50999 64198606.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonata in B flat major D.960 for piano

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 456-572-2.

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