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KOŽELUCH, Leopold 1747 - 1818


  • Kemp English, fortepiano

This is the final volume of Kemp English’s pioneering world première recording of Leopold Koželuch’s complete solo keyboard sonatas. It is played, once again, on appropriate authentic instruments and charts just how profoundly Koželuch’s style changed over the decades, from the charming early Sonata No. 47 for harpsichord to the three late romantic sonatas. The virtuosic Sonata No. 49, with its pedal effects and extended compass, shows techniques derived from the English Piano School and in the final sonata he encapsulates to perfection the sound world of early nineteenth-century Vienna.


Piano Sonata in E-Flat Major, P. XII:42 () (00:08:54 )
I. Adagio * (00:06:15)
II. Allegro * (00:02:33)
Piano Sonata in B-Flat Major, P. XII:43 () (00:18:17 )
I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro molto * (00:11:57)
II. Rondeau: Allegretto * (00:06:19)
Piano Sonata in A Major, P. XII:44 (after 1810) (00:20:17 )
I. Allegro * (00:08:51)
II. Andante sostenuto * (00:04:14)
III. Rondeau: Allegretto * (00:06:52)
Piano Sonata in E Minor, P. XII:45 (after 1810) (00:15:57 )
I. Adagio - Allegro molto con fuoco * (00:09:39)
II. Larghetto - Rondo: Presto * (00:06:16)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:02:56

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.