Kraus: Mozart Piano Concerto K. 466 + Rondo K. 485 - Polydor/Vox PL 6290
Jacket EX / LP VG+
(Though there is light surface noise throughout, in general playback remains superb, clear as a bell.)
This remarkable and rare LP from Polydor · Vox (PL 6290, US pressing, black/silver label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features that wonderful Mozartian Lili Kraus in a magical rendtion of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K. 466, recorded with conductor Enrique Jorda and the Pro Musica Orchestra (in fact, the Orchestre Lamoureux) at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, on 2 March 1950.
Filling out the disc are Kraus’s equally inspired accounts of Mozart’s Rondo in D Major K. 485 and the Minuet in D Major K. 355, both for solo piano, and both set down at the Salle Chopin, Paris, on 6 March 1950.
In all of these performances there is a wisdom and humanity here, allied to a spontaneity and sense of discovery, that remain captivating and evergreen fresh.
Incidentally, there are splendid liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by future New York Times Music Critic Harold C. Schonberg, printed in English only. The cover design is uncredited.