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KOŽELUCH, Leopold (1747-1818)


NOS. 21-24

  • Kemp English, fortepiano

In 1785 and 1786 Mozart’s piano concertos were winning many admirers in the public concert halls of Vienna. Koželuch, however, continued to excel as master of the piano sonata, plying his art in the city’s ubiquitous private concert soirées. Indeed, the four works presented here ably demonstrate why his sonatas might aptly be called “the ideal of the high-Classic style”. To be sure, Mozart’s influence is felt in Sonatas Nos. 21, 23 and 24 but in Sonata No. 22, Koželuch leads the way by paring away the textures and introducing figurations of simplicity and grace; hallmarks of Mozart’s much later penultimate Sonata in B flat major K570.


Piano Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 17, No. 3, P. XII:22 (1785) (00:15:18 )
I. Allegro * (00:09:19)
II. Rondeau: Allegretto * (00:06:09)
Piano Sonata in F Major, Op. 20, No. 1, P. XII:23 (1786) (00:12:05 )
I. Allegro * (00:05:30)
II. Adagio * (00:03:16)
III. Rondeau: Allegretto * (00:03:21)
Piano Sonata in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2, P. XII:24 (1786) (00:13:20 )
I. Allegro * (00:05:54)
II. Adagio * (00:03:29)
III. Rondeau: Allegretto * (00:04:09)
Piano Sonata in D Minor, Op. 20, No. 3, P. XII:25 (1786) (00:13:05 )
I. Moderato (00:06:20)
II. Poco adagio (00:02:36)
III. Rondeau: Allegretto (00:04:19)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:54:22

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.


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