Jansons shapes the orchestral introduction to the first movement well; the playing is alert and cultured with an excellent wind section well to the fore. Mitsuko Uchida’s playing is delightful and full of deft touches. She plays with strength when required but the chief impression left with the listener is of grace and flair. Though much of her performance is relaxed and poised she gives an exciting account of the cadenza.
In the slow movement the piano’s opening phrases are exquisitely weighted and voiced: Uchida takes exceptional care over these bars. The performance that then unfolds is finely wrought. Uchida’s playing is extremely thoughtful…and very expressive. Jansons and his orchestra offer sensitive support. The rondo is done very well; the good humour of the music is well conveyed at a sensible…pace. This is a delightful account of the movement and at the end Uchida’s pleasure at the success of the performance as a whole is evident and fully justified.
As an encore she gives an elegant account of the Bach Sarabande.