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LILI KRAUS (1903-1986)
Hungarian born-British pianist



Lili Kraus studied with Artur Schnabel, Zoltán Kodály, and Béla Bartók at the Budapest Conservatory and furthered her studies in Berlin with Schnabel who gave her a thorough grounding in the classics.  She quickly became known as a specialist in the performance of Mozart and Beethoven.

She plays Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert with a lyrical intensity and excitement in a way one almost never hears in the performance of these classical composers today.  The Schubert B major sonata is a prime example, and all the more remarkable in that she was in her mid-seventies when it was recorded.  I can say without hesitation that this performance by Lili Kraus is one of the finest performances of the great work I have ever heard.  The more I listen to it, the more perfect I find every aspect, every movement. And I feel much the same way about all of her Schubert.

While her Mozart sonatas are indeed wonderful, the D minor Fantasy and B minor Adagio offer the kind of dramatic potential which is such fertile soil for the magic of her musical mind.

And her rendering of the Chopin Impromptu is so refreshing in its relaxed clarity.

To hear Lili Kraus performing with others follow this link: Lili Kraus Plays



Haydn  Piano Sonata in D major, Hob XVI:37 (L 50)
i Allegro con brio - ii Largo e sostenuto (03:55) - iii Finale: Presto ma non troppo (06:26)

recorded in 1950




Haydn  Piano Sonata in E major, Hob XVI:49 (L 59)
i Allegro - ii Adagio cantabile (06:53) - iii Finale: Tempo di Minuetto (14:29)

recorded in the 1960s




Haydn  Piano Sonata in E major, Hob XVI:52 (L 62)

recorded in 1949




Haydn  Andante and Variations in F minor, Hob 17:6

recorded in 1938


Part I



Part II




Mozart  Piano Sonata 3 in G major, K 281
i Allegro - ii Andante amoroso - iii Rondo

recorded in the 1960s




Mozart  Piano Sonata 5 in C major, K 283
i Allegro - ii Andante - iii Presto

recorded in the 1960s




Mozart  Piano Sonata 10 in C major, K 330
i Allegro moderato - ii Andante cantabile - iii Allegretto

recorded in 1968




Mozart  Piano Sonata 12 in F major, K 332
i Allegro - ii Adagio (06:55) - iii Allegro assai (12:29)

recorded in the early 1950s


 


Mozart  Piano Sonata13 in B major, K 333
Allegro - ii  Andante cantabile (06:32) - iii Allegretto grazioso (13:52)

recorded in the 1956




Mozart  Minuet in D major, K 355

recorded in the early 1950s




Mozart  Fantasy for Piano in D minor, K 397

recorded in 1965




Mozart  Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475

recorded in 1954




Mozart  Rondo in A minor, K 511

recorded in 1954




Mozart  Adagio in B minor, K 540

recorded in 1954




Beethoven  Variations and Fugue for Piano in E major, Op 35 "Eroica"

recorded in 1938




Schubert  Impromptus, Op 90 (D 899)



2 in E major



3 in G major




Schubert  12 Valses Nobles, Op 77 (D 969)

recorded in 1938




Schubert  "Valses sentimentales", Op 50 (D 779)
a selection of 12 of the 34

recorded in the 1960s




Schubert  from Ländler, Op 171 (D 790)




Schubert: Ländler Suite (arr. Lili Kraus)
selection of the Ländler, D 366 the German Dances, D 974




Schubert  Grazer Fantasie in C Major, D 605a

recorded live in 1969




Schubert  Piano Sonata in A major, D 959
i Allegro - ii Andantino (09:28)
iii Scherzo: Allegro vivace (15:42) - iv Rondo: Allegretto (19:21)




Schubert  Piano Sonata in B major, D 960
i Molto moderato - ii Andante sostenuto (19:06)
iii Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza (29:16) - iv Allegro, ma non troppo (32:59)

recorded in 1979




Chopin  Impromptu 2 in F major, Op 36

recorded in 1938




Bartók  6 Romanian Folk Dances (1915)

recorded in 1938










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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