““In 10 years’ time we might talk [about the Lang Lang phenomenon]. It might have disappeared by then. If not, I might say, ‘Well done, Lang Lang.’”
Mitsuko Uchida in a 2011 interview with the Financial Times”—Lunch with the FT: Mitsuko Uchida - FT.com
Uchida’s tour of the last three Schubert sonatas continues.
“The recital unfolded like a vast epic: intensely coloured, fiercely dramatic, generously expressive; every phrase mattered. Apart from the sheer beauty of the performances – the crystalline purity of Uchida’s quiet playing was a wonder in itself – each of the sonatas was characterised in a way that fitted it perfectly into the overall scheme.”
I haven’t had much of an opinion on her (musically*) either way, honestly, but I feel like I should since I am going to hear her next week. Also, according to this article, she quotes both Mahler and Coco Chanel on her Twitter feed. Her other comments make her sound equally insightful and classy.
PLUS she plays like THIS and is a woman and is around my age, which is cool. It can be easy to start believing that the only way to make a great, full sound is to have great big man-hands.
And I fully support her right to wear (or not wear) whatever the hell she wants and I think anyone who doesn’t is sexist, BUT, I have to say, I do feel like it’s a little bit self-congratulatory to be showing off your awesome legs when most of the world is already jealous of your magical hands. JUST saying… (I’m pretty much kidding about that… the jealousy is kind of real, though…)
*(that is, to the extent that I am capable of having musical opinion.)
“I believe in things that are developed through hard work. I always like people who have developed long and hard, especially through introspection and a lot of dedication. I think what they arrive at is usually a much deeper and more beautiful thing than the person who seems to have that ability and fluidity from the beginning. I say this because it’s a good message to give to young talents who feel as I used to.”—Bill Evans (via shallowmoneytrench)