Review from Brian Hick for Lark Reviews, on my performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 with Brighton Symphony Orchestra:
After the stridency of the Verdi, Mozart could have seemed rather too relaxed but Richard Uttley brought a crispness and classical finesse to his playing of the Piano Concerto No23 which was completely convincing. What a pleasure to find a performer who simply plays the music exquisitely without histrionics or showmanship. It was a model of what professional music-making should be. Clarity, precision and rationalism where finely blended to give a reading which held our attention throughout. The second movement was particularly effective in its hints of an inner life and soul which can so easily be missed in a more superficial reading.