- Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330 (K. 300h)
- Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i)
- Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332 (K. 300k)
Christian Zacharias may have a modest reputation in the United States, but this 2004 reissue may shed a little light on why he is regarded in Europe as an innovative and sometimes provocative figure. Zacharias' interpretations are refreshing because he has an acute awareness of detail and he researches a work's historical context to make it true to its period. Far from pedantic and dry, Zacharias is as engaging as a historian as he is a lively performer. The "Sonata in C, K. 330," and the "Sonata in F, K. 332," are rhythmically propelled and spry; they are exciting in their fast movements and tender in their slow movements, though Zacharias takes the Adagio in K. 332 at an Andante, which makes it quite charming. The "Sonata in A, K. 331," is the best known for its popular variations and the Rondo alla Turca, a perennial favorite. Zacharias' interpretation of the latter is the most outrageous on the disc, for he pounds it out in imitation of a boisterous Turkish band, wildly exaggerates the ornamentation, and even adds a small cymbal in the final measures to emphasize the movement's novelty. Recorded 1984-1985 and originally released in Germany, this disc has great sound and value at the budget price.