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Elisabeth Leonskaja|Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas

Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas

Elisabeth Leonskaja

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According to the album sleeve, it took Elisabeth Leonskaya no more than six short days to record Mozart’s seventeen Keyboard sonatas in early 2021. They were recorded in the former Bremen radio hall, which has now been converted into an independent concert hall. This is quite the performance, and it speaks volumes about this great Russian pianist’s technique and preparation. Soon to be in her eighties, she still enjoys a discreet but intense career, with no shortage of concerts and recordings.

After playing in a duo with her friend Sviatoslav Richter for a while, Elisabeth Leonskaya left the Soviet Union in 1978 to settle in Austria. Heir to the great Russian piano tradition thanks to the teachings of Heinrich Neuhaus, Leonskaya is hardly a diva. On the contrary, she is well-known for her modesty, doing her best to avoid all unnecessary media attention. She uncovers the very essence of every piece of music she touches by focusing on simplicity, something which is perfectly reflected in this complete set of Mozart’s Sonatas: all authentically played without any fanfare. This new complete set follows in the footsteps of her colleagues Lili Kraus and Maria João Pires, who have each left their own mark on this vast corpus, of which only a few works are regularly performed in concert.

Mozart was eighteen years old when he began to compose his piano sonatas, a relatively late age in view of his aptitude. Although perhaps this was due to the evolution of the piano, which was only just starting to replace the harpsichord at the time. Often overlooked in terms of production and predominantly used from a pedagogical point of view, these Mozart Sonatas are still exemplary compositions. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Elisabeth Leonskaja

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Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, K. 279 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

1
I. Allegro
00:07:50

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

2
II. Andante
00:08:08

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

3
III. Allegro
00:05:20

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Piano Sonata No. 2 in F major, K. 280 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

4
I. Allegro assai
00:06:52

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

5
II. Adagio
00:08:12

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

6
III. Presto
00:04:39

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B-Flat Major, K. 281 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

7
I. Allegro
00:07:26

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

8
II. Andante amoroso
00:07:39

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

9
III. Rondeau. Allegro
00:04:52

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, K. 282 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

10
I. Adagio
00:07:39

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

11
II. Menuetto I - Menuetto II
00:04:35

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

12
III. Allegro
00:03:29

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Piano Sonata No. 5 in G major, K. 283 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

13
I. Allegro
00:06:11

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

14
II. Andante
00:06:51

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

15
III. Presto
00:06:25

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Piano Sonata No. 6 in D major, K. 284 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

16
I. Allegro
00:07:51

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

17
II. Rondeau en polonaise. Andante
00:04:34

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

18
III. Tema con variazione
00:16:10

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Piano Sonata No. 7 in C major, K. 309 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

19
I. Allegro con spirito
00:08:53

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

20
II. Andante un poco adagio
00:05:45

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

21
III. Rondeau. Allegretto grazioso
00:06:29

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Piano Sonata No. 9 in D major, K. 311 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

22
I. Allegro con spirito
00:06:51

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

23
II. Andante con espressione
00:05:48

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

24
III. Rondeau. Allegro
00:06:30

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

25
I. Allegro maestoso
00:08:49

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

26
II. Andante cantabile con espressione
00:09:38

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

27
III. Presto
00:03:13

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

28
I. Allegro moderato
00:10:06

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

29
II. Andante cantabile
00:06:51

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

30
III. Allegretto
00:06:03

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331 "Alla Turca" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

31
I. Tema con variazione
00:14:26

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

32
II. Menuetto - Trio
00:06:12

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

33
III. Alla Turca - Allegretto
00:03:28

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

34
I. Allegro
00:10:12

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

35
II. Adagio
00:04:51

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

36
III. Allegro assai
00:07:22

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-Flat Major, K. 333 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

37
I. Allegro
00:11:34

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

38
II. Andante cantabile
00:11:21

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

39
III. Allegretto grazioso
00:06:42

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Fantasia in C minor, K. 475 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

40
Fantasia in C Minor, K. 475
00:13:04

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Edvard Grieg, Arranger - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

41
I. Molto allegro
00:09:12

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

42
II. Adagio
00:09:03

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

43
III. Allegro assai
00:05:17

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Piano Sonata No. 15 in F major, K. 533 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

44
I. Allegro
00:11:45

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

45
II. Andante
00:09:15

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

46
III. Rondo. Allegretto
00:06:32

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K. 545 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

47
I. Allegro
00:04:40

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

48
II. Andante
00:06:51

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

49
III. Rondo. Allegretto
00:01:39

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Piano Sonata No. 17 in B-Flat Major, K. 570 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

50
I. Allegro
00:06:10

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Album review

According to the album sleeve, it took Elisabeth Leonskaya no more than six short days to record Mozart’s seventeen Keyboard sonatas in early 2021. They were recorded in the former Bremen radio hall, which has now been converted into an independent concert hall. This is quite the performance, and it speaks volumes about this great Russian pianist’s technique and preparation. Soon to be in her eighties, she still enjoys a discreet but intense career, with no shortage of concerts and recordings.

After playing in a duo with her friend Sviatoslav Richter for a while, Elisabeth Leonskaya left the Soviet Union in 1978 to settle in Austria. Heir to the great Russian piano tradition thanks to the teachings of Heinrich Neuhaus, Leonskaya is hardly a diva. On the contrary, she is well-known for her modesty, doing her best to avoid all unnecessary media attention. She uncovers the very essence of every piece of music she touches by focusing on simplicity, something which is perfectly reflected in this complete set of Mozart’s Sonatas: all authentically played without any fanfare. This new complete set follows in the footsteps of her colleagues Lili Kraus and Maria João Pires, who have each left their own mark on this vast corpus, of which only a few works are regularly performed in concert.

Mozart was eighteen years old when he began to compose his piano sonatas, a relatively late age in view of his aptitude. Although perhaps this was due to the evolution of the piano, which was only just starting to replace the harpsichord at the time. Often overlooked in terms of production and predominantly used from a pedagogical point of view, these Mozart Sonatas are still exemplary compositions. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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