Title - Mozart - Solo Piano Works
Artist - Indre Petrauskaite
For those uninitiated, Award-winning Lithuanian, London-based pianist Indre Petrauskaite makes her AVIE label debut with a selection of Mozarts piano works with a twist: she uniquely brings together the composers solo keyboard works written in minor keys.
The nine works offered here represent a fraction of the composers overall oeuvre, yet they span a gamut of genres – including improvisatory and emotional fantasies, enigmatic miniatures and complex sonatas.
1-3 Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310
4 Fantasia in C minor, K396
5 Fantasia in D minor, K397
6 Kleiner Trauermarsch in c-moll: Marche funebre del Sig.r Maestro Contrapunto, K453a
7 Fantasia in C minor, K475
8-10 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457
11 Rondo in A minor, K511
12 Adagio in B minor, K540
13 Allegro einer Sonate K312
Indre showcases these pieces – much loved staples of stage and studio alike – in a novel and stunning album here, opening with the upbeat and perky Allegro maestoso (from Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310), backing it with the delicate musings of Andante cantabile con espressione, before closing on the gently frenetic Presto.
Next up is the bolder work of Fantasia in C minor, K396, the contained, yet effervescent Fantasia in D minor, K397, and then the pronounced pairing of both Kleiner Trauermarsch in c-moll: Marche funebre del Sig.r Maestro Contrapunto, K453a and Fantasia in C minor, K475.
We are then treated to the sprightly, alluringly dainty yet cultured Molto allegro (which opens Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457), the quieter Adagio, and then the gathered Allegro assai, before this simply magnificent new recording rounds out with the ornately decorative Rondo in A minor, K511, the ornamented Adagio in B minor, K540, closing on the free flowing forthrightness of Allegro einer Sonate K312.
Indre Petrauskaite finished her graduate and postgraduate studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music. In 2000, she entered the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied with Profs Christopher Elton, Petras Geniusas and Alexander Satz and completed her Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Music Degree with a DipRAM.
During her studies, she participated in master classes with such musicians as Esther Yellin, Peter Frankl, Michael Roll, John OConor, Ferenc Rados, Robert Levin, Boris Berman, Emanuel Krasovsky, Leif Ove Andsnes and Paul Lewis.
Indre has performed with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Academy Youth Orchestra, London Soloists Orchestra and Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductors including Juozas Domarkas, Saulius Sondeckis, Gintaras Rinkevicius, Modestas Pitrenas, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, Helmuth Rilling, Pier Carlo Orizio and others. She has given many solo and chamber music recitals.
Indre has also performed in the Santander Festival (Spain), the Oxford Lieder Festival (UK) and the Pazaislis Festival (Lithuania). Some of her performances in Vilnius were broadcast on Lithuanian Radio. Since 2000 she has collaborated regularly with the Vilnius String Quartet and Kaunas String Quartet.
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