Pierrot Lunaire DVD + documentary released
Bel Air Classiques and film+co have just released a DVD featuring Mitsuko Uchida's performance of Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire from the 2011 Salzburg Festival, accompanied by a documentary film about this pivotal work and this particular performance. Uchida was joined by a truly remarkable group of artists; actress Barbara Sukowa, Clemens Hagen on cello, Mark Steinberg on violin and viola, Anthony McGill on clarinet and bass clarinet, and Marinia Piccinini playing flute and piccolo.
The documentary includes interviews with Nuria Schoenberg Nono and Lawrence Schoenberg, and Dr Christian Meyer (Director of the Schoenberg Center); footage of the artists in rehearsal; and in-depth interviews with each of them. This is a unique piece of film, and in the centenary year of the piece, it gives viewers an unrivalled and utterly absorbing insight to the music and these artists. You can find out more, and purchase the film at theateredition.com or amazon.de.
New CD release
The third CD in Mitsuko Uchida's Mozart Concerto series, recorded live with Uchida directing The Cleveland Orchestra from the piano, has just been released. This CD features the E flat ‘Jeunehomme’ K271 and C major K467 concerti. Previous discs in this series have won great critical acclaim including a Grammy award, and this new disc certainly follows suit. If you would like to know more, please visit the Decca Classics website.
We are thrilled to announce that Mitsuko Uchida has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's Gold Medal, one of classical music's highest honours. The Gold Medal was presented to her at the RPS Awards ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London on 8 May. Other, current RPS Gold Medallists include Bernard Haitink, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Janet Baker, Alfred Brendel, Colin Davis, Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, Simon Rattle, Placido Domingo, Daniel Barenboim, Henri Dutilleux, Thomas Quasthoff and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Further back into history, recipients have included Brahms (1877), Delius and Elgar (1925), Richard Strauss (1936), Stravinsky(1954), Britten and Bernstein (1987). For more information, please visit the Royal Philharmonic Society website.