Mozart performed by Mitsuko Uchida: Mozart in Japan
In 1986 the Japanese pianist Mitsuko Uchida burst upon the international scene with an astonishing series of concerts comprising all 27 Mozart Piano Concertos. Conducting the English Chamber Orchestra from the keyboard, her performances received universal praise. Music Week wrote that she had 'brought a new understanding to Mozart'; The Guardian said that her 'apparently unfussy approach to the most elusive of composers disguised a profound understanding.'
Tony Palmer went with her on her triumphant return to her homeland. East met West on a truly memorable occasion to make a prize-winning film, now released on DVD for the first time.