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KOŽELUCH, Leopold (1747-1818)

COMPLETE KEYBOARD SONATAS • 8

NOS. 29-32


  • Kemp English, fortepiano

For forty years the Bohemian composer Leopold Koželuch produced a sequence of keyboard sonatas that some commentators preferred to those of his great contemporary, Mozart. The four sonatas on Volume 8 exemplify Koželuch’s vitality and expressive breadth. Sonatas Nos. 31 and 32, published in the year of Mozart’s death, are notable for their exploration of new technical devices and a daring harmonic palette worthy of Clementi.

Tracklist

 
Piano Sonata in G Major, Op. 30, No. 2, P. XII:30 (1789) (00:16:34 )
1
I. Allegro (00:07:47)
2
II. Andante (00:02:46)
3
III. Rondeau: Allegretto (00:05:37)
 
Piano Sonata in C Minor, Op. 30, No. 3, P. XII:31 (1789) (00:16:41 )
4
I. Largo - Allegro - Largo (00:10:58)
5
II. Rondeau: Allegretto (00:05:42)
 
Piano Sonata in F Major, Op. 35, No. 1, P. XII:32 (1791) (00:16:50 )
6
I. Allegro (00:07:35)
7
II. Adagio (00:02:48)
8
III. Rondeau: Allegretto (00:06:29)
 
Piano Sonata in A Major, Op. 35, No. 2, P. XII:33 (1791) (00:19:15 )
9
I. Allegro (00:09:28)
10
II. Adagio (00:04:31)
11
III. Rondo: Allegro (00:05:26)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:09:07

The Artist

English, Kemp Kemp English is one of New Zealand’s leading concert performers. Much in demand as a solo organist, collaborative pianist, and specialist fortepiano exponent, he relishes the opportunity to work in a diverse array of styles and periods. He enjoyed a distinguished studentship at the Royal Academy of Music in London and later completed a Master of Arts degree in Music Performance at the University of York. In 2001 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music—an honour recognising former students of the Academy who have achieved distinction in the profession.