[ Warner Classics / 6 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Friday 18 February 2022
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Renewing and cementing a relationship that dates back to the 1980s, Warner Classics has signed an exclusive contract with the distinguished pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja.
Born in the Georgian capital Tbilisi and trained at the Moscow Conservatory, Elisabeth Leonskaja has been based in Vienna since 1978 and enjoys special renown as an interpreter of the Classical and Romantic Austro-German repertoire.
Her first recording under the new contract is Mozart's Complete Piano Sonatas.
The French magazine Diapason has written that: "Elisabeth Leonskaja's journey leads from one peak to another. By constantly excelling herself, driven by her own personal demands, by her passion and her intelligence, she has earned a place among the greatest, not just of today, but of the past …" Winner of Germany's prestigious Opus Klassik Award in 2020, she is admired as an interpreter who respects the truth of the music. As Leonskaja herself has said: "When I play, I am not presenting myself on the stage, but the music I am playing. It is the music that matters."
"Even if Leonskaja isn't the most natural of Mozartians, there's no question that we're in the presence of a pianist of true stature, and it will be interesting to hear what she does next with Warner." Gramophone Magazine
'Leonskaja always treads the tightrope between prettiness and excessive emphases...Perfection? For me, it's a yes. Can we have the Haydn and even the Beethoven sonatas complete from Leonskaja in good time, please?' BBC Recording of the Month April 2022
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C, K279
Piano Sonata No. 2 in F, K280
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B flat, K281
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major K282
Piano Sonata No. 5 in G, K283
Piano Sonata No. 6 in D, K284 "Dürnitz"
Piano Sonata No. 7 in C, K309
Piano Sonata No. 9 in D major, K311
Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310
Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K331 'Alla Turca'
Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332
Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K333
Fantasia in C minor, K475
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457
Piano Sonata No. 15 in F major, K533 / 494
Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K545 'Facile'
Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat major, K570
Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K576 'Hunt'