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John Quinn
MusicWeb International, October 2013

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.

One’s enjoyment of this excellent concert is enhanced by the very good camera work which is under the experienced and sensible direction of Brian Large. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, May 2013

This is a wonderful recording by two outstanding musicians, supported by a fine German orchestra. I always admire and respect Mariss Jansons for his excellent conducting. And Mitsuko Uchida’s playing has earned her a major position among pianists of our day. © 2013 My Classical Notes Read complete review

Robert Benson, May 2013

It’s always a pleasure to watch Mariss Jansons conduct, and here we have a concert recorded in Munich’s Gasteig concert hall on a date identified only as “2011.” Mitsuko Uchida, garbed in iridescent blue attire, is a splendid soloist in Beethoven’s Concerto No 3, but the feature is the dramatic reading of Strauss’s A Hero’s Life, which shows the fine Munich orchestra at its best. It’s a big-scale, grand reading, even more impressive for the effective camera work that misses none of the important solo passages—camera work is exemplary. Audio also is impressive. Another outstanding orchestral release! © 2013

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