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Mozart: The Piano Sonatas / Lili Kraus


Release Date: 11/28/2006 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 88808   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

These 1967/68 recordings are not to be confused with the earlier Mozart cycle Lili Kraus made for the Haydn Society and recently reissued by Music & Arts. Close microphone placement yielded a bright, slightly flinty sonority that I remember from CBS/Odyssey's vinyl incarnation. Although I have not heard Sony's earlier CD reissue, the present edition's warmer, more rounded equalization unmasks subtleties of touch and nuance that showcase Kraus' pianism in more flattering, colorful light than before. In contrast to Joyce Hatto's operatic cultivation, Walter Gieseking's classical poise, and András Schiff's ornamental flair, Kraus is all passion and drama. An expressionist aesthetic governs her boldly contrasted dynamics, Read more hard-hitting accents, and faster-than-common slow movements, along with angular phrasings and pedal effects that underline harmonic felicities and underplay barlines.

This approach best suits darker, more serious pieces such as the C minor Fantasy/Sonata K. 475/457 and the A minor K. 310 sonata. Similarly, Kraus' gaunt, stinging way with K. 331's famous first-movement variations and concluding Rondo Alla Turca liberates the music from decade's worth of interpretive cotton candy.

Perhaps the early sonatas, the bubbly D major Rondo, and "easy" C major K. 545 lack surface charm and elegance, largely due to Kraus' tendency to "think ahead" and push rapid passages slightly ahead of the beat (a habit of her one-time teacher Artur Schnabel), yet her nervous energy always enlivens rather than obliterates Mozart's intentions. I only wish that Kraus also had recorded the wonderful F major Sonata K. 533/494. It's good to have these invigorating, often provocative performances available again, especially at budget price.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 1 in C major, K 279 (189d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
2. Sonata for Piano no 2 in F major, K 280 (189e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
3. Sonata for Piano no 3 in B flat major, K 281 (189f) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
4. Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, K 282 (189g) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
5. Sonata for Piano no 5 in G major, K 283 (189h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
6. Sonata for Piano no 6 in D major, K 284 (205b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Length: 24 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
7. Sonata for Piano no 7 in C major, K 309 (284b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Mannheim, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
8. Sonata for Piano no 8 in A minor, K 310 (300d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Length: 16 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
9. Sonata for Piano no 9 in D major, K 311 (284c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Mannheim, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
10. Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783 
Length: 18 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
11. Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 20 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
12. Sonata for Piano no 12 in F major, K 332 (300k) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 17 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
13. Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K 333 (315c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783-1784; Linz, Austria 
Length: 19 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
14. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C minor, K 457 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 17 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
15. Sonata for Piano no 15 in F major, K 533 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 55 Secs. 
16. Sonata for Piano no 16 in C major, K 545 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 17 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
17. Sonata for Piano no 17 in B flat major, K 570 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 13 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
18. Sonata for Piano no 18 in D major, K 576 "Hunt" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 13 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
19. Rondo for Piano no 1 in D major, K 485 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
20. Fantasia for Piano in D minor, K 397 (385g) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 
21. Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lili Kraus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 11 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: 1967 - 1968 

Sound Samples

I - Allegro
II - Andante
III - Allegro
I - Allegro assai
II - Adagio
III - Presto
I - Allegro
II - Andante amoroso
III - Rondeau: Allegro
I - Adagio
II - Menuetto I; Menuetto II
III - Allegro
I - Allegro
II - Andante
III - Presto
Rondo Allegro
I - Allegro
II - Rondeau en Polonaise: Andante
III - Thema und 12 Variationen
I - Allegro con spirito
II - Andante un poco adagio
III - Rondeau: Allegretto grazioso
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante cantabile con espressione
III. Presto
I - Allegro con spirito
II - Andante con espressione
III - Rondeau: Allegro

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