Lili Kraus: Milestones of a Piano Legend | Documents 600540

Lili Kraus: Milestones of a Piano Legend

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Label: Documents

Cat No: 600540

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 10

Release Date: 8th November 2019

Contents

Artists

Lili Kraus (piano)
Willi Boskovsky (violin)
Szymon Goldberg (violin)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Wiener Konzerthaus Kammerorchester
Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper
Chorus and Orchestra of the Amsterdam Philharmonic Society

Conductors

Pierre Monteux
Victor Desarzens
Gianfranco Rivoli
Willi Boskovsky

Works

Bartok, Bela

Romanian folk dances (6) for piano, Sz56 BB68
Rondos (3) on Slovak Folktunes, BB92 Sz84

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Eroica Variations, op.35
Fantasy for piano, chorus and orchestra in C minor, op.80 'Choral Fantasy'
Piano Concerto no.3 in C minor, op.37
Piano Sonata no.21 in C major, op.53 'Waldstein'
Piano Sonata no.30 in E major, op.109

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Piano Sonata no.62 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:52

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Piano Concerto no.9 in E flat major, K271 'Jeunehomme'
Piano Concerto no.12 in A major, K414
Piano Concerto no.18 in B flat major, K456
Piano Concerto no.20 in D minor, K466
Piano Sonata no.13 in B flat major, K333
Piano Sonata no.16 in C major, K545
Variations (12) on 'La Belle Francoise', K353
Violin Sonata in F major, K55
Violin Sonata no.1 in C major, K6
Violin Sonata no.12 in G major, K27
Violin Sonata no.17 in C major, K296
Violin Sonata no.25 in F major, K377
Violin Sonata no.26 in B flat major, K378
Violin Sonata no.27 in G major, K379
Violin Sonata no.28 in E flat major, K380
Violin Sonata no.30 in C major, K403
Violin Sonata no.33 in E flat major, K481

Schubert, Franz

Divertissement a la Hongroise, D818
Piano Sonata no.14 in A minor, D784
Polonaises (6), D824
» no.1 in D minor
» no.2 in D major
» no.3 in D major
Variations in B flat major, op.82 no.2 D968a
Violin Sonata in D major, D384

Schumann, Robert

Piano Concerto in A minor, op.54

Artists

Lili Kraus (piano)
Willi Boskovsky (violin)
Szymon Goldberg (violin)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Wiener Konzerthaus Kammerorchester
Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper
Chorus and Orchestra of the Amsterdam Philharmonic Society

Conductors

Pierre Monteux
Victor Desarzens
Gianfranco Rivoli
Willi Boskovsky

About

It’s about time for the (re-)discovery of an outstanding pianist of the 20th century! Lili Kraus, born in Hungary, set interpretative milestones with her Haydn and Mozart recordings and is also highly regarded by connoisseurs around the world for her playing of the works of Schubert.

In Germany, her perception always stayed in the shadows of an Edwin Fischer or Wilhelm Backhaus, as she represented a completely different, much less monumental style of interpretation. Her subtle interpretive skills were particularly appreciated in France, where most of her recordings were made. Kraus was educated in Budapest by Zoltán Kodály (music theory) and by Béla Bartók (piano), in Berlin she later attended Artur Schnabel’s masterclass.

Lili Kraus’s special love was for chamber music. She played the violin sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven among others with violinists Szymon Goldberg and Willi Boskovsky, her favorite chamber music partners. Testimonies of this exquisite musical collaboration can be heard in this documentation including 10 original albums from 1934 to 1962 with works by Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert and Bartók.

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