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Complete Keyboard Sonatas • 2

Nos. 5–8

  • Kemp English, fortepiano

Leopold Koželuch, an eminent contemporary of Mozart and at the time considered by many to be the superior composer, was one of the first champions of the fortepiano, and his compositions for the instrument enshrined the highest qualities of Viennese style. Composed over nearly four decades his sonatas show progressive development, embracing lyrical melodies, delightful harmonic shifts, and foretastes of Romantic drama. They can be judged worthy to stand alongside those of Haydn, Dussek, Clementi and Mozart, and as a precursor to those of Beethoven.

This recording was made on a period instrument: Fortepiano by Thomas and Barbara Wolf (USA), after Anton Walter (c. 1795)


Piano Sonata in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2, P. XII:12 (1780) (00:16:38 )
I. Moderato * (00:06:26)
II. Andante * (00:06:00)
III. Allegretto * (00:04:11)
Piano Sonata in C Minor, Op. 2, No. 3, P. XII:13 (1780) (00:12:21 )
I. Largo - Poco presto (00:08:40)
II. Allegretto (00:03:45)
Piano Sonata in D Major, P. XII:14 () (00:12:50 )
I. Allegro moderato * (00:05:02)
II. Menuetto * (00:04:42)
III. Rondo: Allegro * (00:03:13)
Piano Sonata in F Major, Op. 5 () (00:19:44 )
I. Allegro molto * (00:06:51)
II. Andante con variazioni * (00:09:11)
III. Rondeau: Presto * (00:03:52)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:01:53

The Artist(s)

Kemp English 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.

The Composer(s)

Leopold Koželuch was an esteemed contemporary of Mozart, and in many circles considered the finer composer. He was an early champion of the fortepiano and his Keyboard Sonatas are a treasure trove of late eighteenth-century Viennese keyboard style, including perfect examples of the form and foreshadowing Beethoven and Schubert.


“This is entertaining music, especially when played with English’s panache and vitality” – Early Music

“His [English] light and shade and finger clarity are superb. ” – New Zealand Listener

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