JOSEPH MARTIN KRAUS (1756-1792): Complete Piano Music - Sonatas in E Flat and in E, 2 neue kuriose Minuetten, Rondo in F, Swedish Dance, Thema con Variazione, Larghetto.
Catalogue Number: 07X026
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: These works go from the satirical to the sublime, the expansive to the perfunctory, with the real tours de force being the two sonatas, both issued in 1788 by Swedish publisher Olof Ålström. Though limited in number, these works for solo keyboard (almost certainly composed for the fortepiano) represent the variety and originality that are among Kraus’s musical trademarks. The two sonatas in particular challenge the technical limits of the instrument, requiring both dexterity and interpretive ability and often foreshadowing the piano music of thirty years hence in content and scope. Costantino Mastroprimiano (fortepiano).