Kozeluch: Complete Sonatas

Kozeluch: Complete Sonatas
Composer Leopold Kozeluch
Artist Jenny Soonjin Kim fortepiano
Format 12 CD
Cat. number 95984
EAN code 5028421959849
Release October 2020

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In 1790, one musical dictionary described Leopold Kozeluch as ‘without question the living composer most loved by young or old’; his works displayed 'liveliness and grace, the noblest melody combined with the purest harmony, and of the most pleasing organization blended with rhythm and modulation.’ His music may have been eclipsed by the legacies of the towering figures Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven since his death in 1818, but performers such as Jenny Soonjin Kim are leading a Kozeluch revival which should see the reputation of this Bohemian-born master rise once more.

Having completed his studies in Prague, including lessons with Dussek, he made his name in Vienna as a teacher and successfulpublisher as well as composer. Though he composed in all the major genres, the best of him is to be found in the keyboard sonatas gathered here. He was regarded as a pioneer of writing for the fortepiano rather than the harpsichord, and he won particular praise from the influential writer Charles Burney: ‘[Kozeluch’s] style is more easy than that of Emanuel Bach, Haydn or Mozart; it is natural, graceful and flowing, without imitating any great model, as almost all his contemporaries have done. His modulation is natural and pleasing, and what critics of the old school would allow to be warrantable. His rhythm is well phrased, his accents well placed, and harmony pure.’

Jenny Soonjin Kim recorded this series between 2013 and 2018 at the Kresge Chapel in Claremont Graduate University, where she oversees the teaching programme for piano and fortepiano studies. Sylvia Berry (Early Music America 21, no. 4, Winter 2015) wrote of the second Kozeluch volume: ‘Kim’s playing is crystalline and lyrical, with exquisitely sensitive phrasing. She is an assured virtuoso who interprets Kozeluch’s music beautifully.’ Now gathered in a single volume they present the first chance to assess his output for keyboard at super-budget price, and in stylish new recordings on a magnificently colourful instrument, a modern copy of a Viennese fortepiano from 1795 made by Anton Walter.

The 50 keyboard sonatas by Leopold Kozeluch, for the first time complete, played on a period instrument!
Leopold Kozeluch (1747-1818) was in his time a highly regarded, even famous composer, on a par with C.P.E. Bach and even Mozart. His keyboard sonatas, although relatively modest in length, share the same qualities with those of his illustrious contemporaries: strong focus on melody and melodious figuration, vivid and brilliant accompaniments and a genuine expression of feeling, both happy and dramatic. His 50 keyboard sonatas are a true treasure trove of hidden “pianistic” gems!
The sonatas in this new set clearly show an evolving, advanced style in terms of dramatic expression and complexity, as well as certain melodic and harmonic characteristics also found in the keyboard works of Mozart, Beethoven and even Schubert.
An international artist who regularly performs music ranging from Bach to Schoenberg in major venues across Europe, Asia and North America, Jenny Soonjin Kim is also a faculty member at Claremont Graduate University in California (the venue for this recording), where she teaches piano and fortepiano. It is her keen interest in scholarship – particularly historical performance practice – that led to her discovery of Kozeluch.
‘Kim’s playing is crystalline and lyrical, with exquisitely sensitive phrasing. She is an assured virtuoso who interprets Koželuch’s music beautifully. This set will interest pianists who would like to augment their repertoire with unknown gems from the period.’ (Early Music America).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 1 No.1, PXII:8: I. Allegro molto
  2. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 1 No.1, PXII:8: II. Cantabile
  3. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 1 No.1, PXII:8: III. Rondeau. Presto
  4. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 2, PXII:9: I. Allegro
  5. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 2, PXII:9: II. Poco adagio
  6. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 2, PXII:9: III. Allegro
  7. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 3 in D Major, Op. 1 No. 3, PXII:10: I. Allegro con brio
  8. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 3 in D Major, Op. 1 No. 3, PXII:10: II. Poco adagio
  9. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 3 in D Major, Op. 1 No. 3, PXII:10: III. Rondeau. Prestissimo
  10. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 2, No. 1, PXII:11: I. Allegro
  11. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 2, No. 1, PXII:11: II. Adagio
  12. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 2, No. 1, PXII:11: III. Allegretto scherzando

Disk 2

  1. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 5 in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2, PXII:12: I. Moderato
  2. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 5 in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2, PXII:12: II. Andante
  3. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 5 in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2, PXII:12: III. Allegretto
  4. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 6 in C Minor, Op. 2 No. 3. PXII:13: I. Largo – Poco presto –Largo
  5. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 6 in C Minor, Op. 2 No. 3. PXII:13: II. Allegretto
  6. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 7 in D Major, PXII:14: I. Allegro moderato
  7. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 7 in D Major, PXII:14: II. Menuetto – Trio – Menuetto
  8. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 7 in D Major, PXII:14: III. Rondeau. Allegro
  9. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 8 in F Major, Op. 5 La Chasse: I. Allegro molto
  10. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 8 in F Major, Op. 5 La Chasse: II. Andante con variazioni
  11. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 8 in F Major, Op. 5 La Chasse: III. Rondeau. Presto

Disk 3

  1. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 9 in C Major, Op. 8 No. 1, PXII:5: I. Allegro molto
  2. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 9 in C Major, Op. 8 No. 1, PXII:5: II. Adagio cantabile
  3. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 9 in C Major, Op. 8 No. 1, PXII:5: III. Rondeau
  4. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 9 in C Major, Op. 8 No. 1, PXII:5: IV. Rondo. Andante
  5. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 10 in F Major, Op. 8 No. 2, PXII:4: I. Allegretto maestoso
  6. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 10 in F Major, Op. 8 No. 2, PXII:4: II. Poco adagio
  7. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 10 in F Major, Op. 8 No. 2, PXII:4: III. Menuetto – Trio
  8. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 10 in F Major, Op. 8 No. 2, PXII:4: IV. Aria con [12] variation
  9. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 11 in E-Flat Major, Op. 10 No. 1, PXII:15: I. Allegro molto
  10. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 11 in E-Flat Major, Op. 10 No. 1, PXII:15: II. Andante
  11. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 11 in E-Flat Major, Op. 10 No. 1, PXII:15: III. Allegretto
  12. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 12 in C Major, Op. 10 No. 2, PXII:16: I. Moderato
  13. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 12 in C Major, Op. 10 No. 2, PXII:16: II. Andante espressivo
  14. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 12 in C Major, Op. 10 No. 2, PXII:16: III. Rondeau. Allegretto

Disk 4

  1. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 13 No. 1, PXII:3: I. Allegro molto
  2. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 13 No. 1, PXII:3: II. Poco adagio
  3. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 13 No. 1, PXII:3: III. Rondeau. Presto
  4. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 14 in G Major, Op. 13 No. 2, PXII:7: I. Allegro
  5. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 14 in G Major, Op. 13 No. 2, PXII:7: II. Andante
  6. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 14 in G Major, Op. 13 No. 2, PXII:7: III. Rondeau
  7. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 15 in E Minor, Op. 13 No. 3, PXII:6: I. Allegro molto
  8. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 15 in E Minor, Op. 13 No. 3, PXII:6: II. Cantabile
  9. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 15 in E Minor, Op. 13 No. 3, PXII:6: III. Presto
  10. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 16 in G Minor, Op. 15 No. 1, PXII:17: I. Largo—Allegro molto—Largo
  11. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 16 in G Minor, Op. 15 No. 1, PXII:17: II. Rondo. Allegro

Disk 5

  1. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 17 in C Major, Op. 15 No. 2, PXII:18: I. Allegro
  2. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 17 in C Major, Op. 15 No. 2, PXII:18: II. Poco adagio
  3. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 17 in C Major, Op. 15 No. 2, PXII:18: III. Presto
  4. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 18 in A-Flat, Op. 15 No. 3, PXII:19: I. Adante con variazioni
  5. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 18 in A-Flat, Op. 15 No. 3, PXII:19: Variation I
  6. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 18 in A-Flat, Op. 15 No. 3, PXII:19: Variation II
  7. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 18 in A-Flat, Op. 15 No. 3, PXII:19: Variation III
  8. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 18 in A-Flat, Op. 15 No. 3, PXII:19: Variation IV
  9. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 18 in A-Flat, Op. 15 No. 3, PXII:19: Variation V minor
  10. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 18 in A-Flat, Op. 15 No. 3, PXII:19: Variation VI major
  11. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 18 in A-Flat, Op. 15 No. 3, PXII:19: II. Allegro molto
  12. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 19 in F Minor, Op. 17 No. 1, PXII:20: I. Largo
  13. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 19 in F Minor, Op. 17 No. 1, PXII:20: II. Allegro agitato
  14. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 19 in F Minor, Op. 17 No. 1, PXII:20: III. Finale. Allegretto
  15. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 20 in A Major, Op. 17 No. 2, PXII:21: I. Allegro molto
  16. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 20 in A Major, Op. 17 No. 2, PXII:21: II. Adagio
  17. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 20 in A Major, Op. 17 No. 2, PXII:21: III. Allegro molto

Disk 6

  1. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 21 in E-Flat Major, Op. 17 No. 3, PXII:22: I. Allegro
  2. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 21 in E-Flat Major, Op. 17 No. 3, PXII:22: II. Rondeau. Allegretto
  3. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 20 No. 1. PXII:23: I. Allegro
  4. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 20 No. 1. PXII:23: II. Adagio
  5. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 20 No. 1. PXII:23: III. Rondeau. Allegretto
  6. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 23 in C Major, Op. 20 No. 2, PXII:24: I. Allegro
  7. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 23 in C Major, Op. 20 No. 2, PXII:24: II. Adagio
  8. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 23 in C Major, Op. 20 No. 2, PXII:24: III. Rondeau. Allegretto
  9. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 24 in D Minor, Op. 20 No. 3, PXII:25: I. Moderato
  10. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 24 in D Minor, Op. 20 No. 3, PXII:25: II. Poco adagio
  11. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 24 in D Minor, Op. 20 No. 3, PXII:25: III. Rondeau. Allegretto
  12. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 25 in D Major, Op. 26 No. 1, PXII:26: I. Allegro
  13. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 25 in D Major, Op. 26 No. 1, PXII:26: II. Adagio
  14. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 25 in D Major, Op. 26 No. 1, PXII:26: III. Rondeau. Allegro

Disk 7

  1. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 26 in A Minor, Op. 26 No. 2, PXII:27: I. Allegro
  2. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 26 in A Minor, Op. 26 No. 2, PXII:27: II. Andantino con [8] variazioni
  3. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 27 in E-Flat Major, Op. 26 No. 3, PXII:28: I. Allegro
  4. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 27 in E-Flat Major, Op. 26 No. 3, PXII:28: II. Larghetto alla Siciliana
  5. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 27 in E-Flat Major, Op. 26 No. 3, PXII:28: III. Rondeau. Allegro con fuoco
  6. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 28 in B-Flat Major, Op. 30 No. 1, PXII:29: I. Allegro
  7. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 28 in B-Flat Major, Op. 30 No. 1, PXII:29: II. Poco adagio
  8. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 28 in B-Flat Major, Op. 30 No. 1, PXII:29: III. Rondeau. Allegretto
  9. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 29 in G Major, Op. 30 No. 2, PXII:30: I. Allegro
  10. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 29 in G Major, Op. 30 No. 2, PXII:30: II. Andante
  11. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 29 in G Major, Op. 30 No. 2, PXII:30: III. Rondeau. Allegretto

Disk 8

  1. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 30 in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 3, PXII:31: I. Largo-Allegro-Largo
  2. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 30 in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 3, PXII:31: II. Rondeau. Allegretto
  3. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata no. 31 in F Major, Op. 35 No. 1, PXII:32: I. Allegro
  4. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata no. 31 in F Major, Op. 35 No. 1, PXII:32: II. Adagio
  5. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata no. 31 in F Major, Op. 35 No. 1, PXII:32: III. Rondeau. Allegretto
  6. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 32 in A Major, Op. 35 No. 2, PXII:33: I. Allegro
  7. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 32 in A Major, Op. 35 No. 2, PXII:33: II. Adagio
  8. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 32 in A Major, Op. 35 No. 2, PXII:33: III. Rondeau. Allegro
  9. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 33 in G Minor, Op. 35 No. 3, PXII:34: I. Largo-Allegro agitato
  10. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 32 in A Major, Op. 35 No. 2, PXII:33: II. Allegretto

Disk 9

  1. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 34 in E-Flat Major, Op. 38 No. 1, PXII:35: I. Allegro
  2. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 34 in E-Flat Major, Op. 38 No. 1, PXII:35: II. Adagio
  3. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 34 in E-Flat Major, Op. 38 No. 1, PXII:35: III. Rondeau
  4. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 35 in C Major, Op. 38 No. 2, PXII:36: I. Allegro
  5. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 35 in C Major, Op. 38 No. 2, PXII:36: II. Adagio
  6. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 35 in C Major, Op. 38 No. 2, PXII:36: III. Rondeau. Allegretto
  7. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 36 in F Minor, Op. 38 No. 3, PXII:37: I. Largo-Allegro
  8. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 36 in F Minor, Op. 38 No. 3, PXII:37: II. Allegretto
  9. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 37 in G Major, PXII:50: I. Moderato
  10. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 37 in G Major, PXII:50: II. Menuetto
  11. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 37 in G Major, PXII:50: III. Allegro
  12. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 38 in E-Flat Major, Op. 51 No. 1, PXII:38: I. Allegro
  13. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 38 in E-Flat Major, Op. 51 No. 1, PXII:38: II. Adagio
  14. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 38 in E-Flat Major, Op. 51 No. 1, PXII:38: III. Rondeau. Vivace

Disk 10

  1. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 39 in C Minor/Major, Op. 51 No. 2, PXII:39: I. Largo
  2. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 39 in C Minor/Major, Op. 51 No. 2, PXII:39: II. Allegro molto
  3. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 39 in C Minor/Major, Op. 51 No. 2, PXII:39: III. Rondeau. Allegro
  4. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 40 in D Minor, Op. 51 No. 3, PXII:40: I. Largo-Allegro molto e agitato
  5. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 40 in D Minor, Op. 51 No. 3, PXII:40: II. Rondeau. Allegretto
  6. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 41 in G Major, Op. 53 No. 1, PXII:46: I. Allegro
  7. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 41 in G Major, Op. 53 No. 1, PXII:46: II. Andante espressivo
  8. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 41 in G Major, Op. 53 No. 1, PXII:46: III. Rondo. Allegretto
  9. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 42 in F Major, Op. 53 No. 2, PXII:47: I. Poco adagio-Allegro molto
  10. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 42 in F Major, Op. 53 No. 2, PXII:47: II. Rondeau. Allegretto
  11. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 43 in E-Flat Major, Op. 53 No. 3, PXII:48: I. Allegro
  12. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 43 in E-Flat Major, Op. 53 No. 3, PXII:48: II. Rondeau. Allegretto

Disk 11

  1. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 44 in F Major, PXII:1: I. Allegro
  2. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 44 in F Major, PXII:1: II. Andante espressivo
  3. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 44 in F Major, PXII:1: III. Finale. Presto
  4. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 45 in A Major, PXII:2: I. Arietta con variazioni. Andante
  5. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 45 in A Major, PXII:2: II. Menuetto. Vivace
  6. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 45 in A Major, PXII:2: III. Rondeau. Allegretto
  7. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 46 in C Major, PXII:41: I. Arietta con variazioni. Andantino
  8. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 46 in C Major, PXII:41: II. Allegro ma non tanto
  9. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 47 in E-Flat Major, PXII:42: I. Adagio
  10. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 47 in E-Flat Major, PXII:42: II. Allegro

Disk 12

  1. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 48 in B-Flat Major, PXII:43: I. Adagio maestoso
  2. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 48 in B-Flat Major, PXII:43: II. Allegro molto
  3. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 48 in B-Flat Major, PXII:43: III. Rondeau. Allegretto
  4. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 49 in A Major, PXII:44: I. Allegro
  5. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 49 in A Major, PXII:44: II. Andante sostenuto
  6. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 49 in A Major, PXII:44: III. Rondeau. Allegretto
  7. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 50 in E Minor, PXII:45: I. Adagio
  8. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 50 in E Minor, PXII:45: II. Allegro molto con fuoco
  9. Leopold Kozeluch: Sonata No. 50 in E Minor, PXII:45: III. Larghetto-Rondo. Presto