Thursday, 2 September 2021 – Some photos from my visit to Matsumoto in 2017 (Mitsuko Uchida)

Good evening from Tokyo under the fourth time state of emergency.
Day 53.

As I wrote in yesterday’s post, today I post some photos from my visit to Matsumoto.

This week I picked up the topic of the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival. This music festival known as the Saito Kinen Festival until 2014. In 2017, I listened to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto there, performed by Mitsuko Uchida. Seiji Ozawa conducted it, and in that concert, exept for concerto, 2 pieces was performed without concductor.

Matsumoto is located about 3 hours inland from Tokyo by train. Surrounded by mountains, it’s a great scenic tourist area. Too beautiful and too tranquil city, so I was envious of the lucky for the people who living there. Matsumoto Castle is famous for its beauty. It was built between 1504 and 1520. I remember that the day I visited Matsumoto Castle was a beautiful clear and sunny autumn day.

I took these photos on 8 and 9 September 2017.
I repost them here that I posted on Instagram in 2017.

Good night. Have a nice dream.

Wear a mask and wash your hands.
Stay safe and healthy 😊😷🖖🖖🖖🖖🖖
2 September 2021 #tokyo #japan

(Concert date)
Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival 2017
Orchestra Concert Program C
Friday, 8 September 2017, 19:00
Kissei Bunka Hall (Nagano-ken Matsumoto Bunka Kaikan)

Grieg: From Holberg’s Time, op. 40
R. Strauss: Suite for 13 Wind Instruments in B-flat major, op. 4
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37

Saito Kinen Orchestra
(Grieg and R. Strauss were performed without conductor.)

And Beethoven,
Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano