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Jessica Duchen
BBC Music Magazine, December 2015

World premiere recordings of sonatas by a composer who in his day some considered better than Mozart. The music proves vivacious and soulful, and English’s playing is always engaging, often brilliant and sometimes electrifying. © 2015 BBC Music Magazine



Philip R Buttall
MusicWeb International, October 2015

…The performance is simply outstanding, and English has such an obvious yet easy empathy with the music played. The recording is first-rate and captures the sound of the instrument to absolute perfection. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2015

For the fifth volume of keyboard sonatas by Leopold Koželuch we have reached the year 1785 when he was enjoying a career as a keyboard exponent and composer. That year was significant as it followed his founding of Musikalisches Magazin, a publishing venture that would distribute his music throughout Europe. Sadly the fame it generated for him was short lived, the young Beethoven soon after emerging as a major and progressive new musical voice. Even if he had survived that event, Schubert made Koželuch’s music sound outdated and old fashioned. But by that time he had composed fifty sonatas in almost four decades, Koželuch, guided by a commercial expediency to please as many potential customers as possible, writing, at one and the same time, works aimed at many different markets. So we find in the Seventeenth a high degree of performing difficulty to satisfy his professional colleagues, while in the Nineteenth he was appealing to the romantic instincts of the performer. With a vivacious opening allegro and a spinning-top finale, the second of opus 15—which opens the disc—surely ranks among the most joyful sonatas of the period. That contrasts with the incredibly tedious set of variations that occupy the opening movement of the Eighteenth, and I would hold out no great recommendation for the workaday Nineteenth. Then, on the composer’s roller-coaster output, the Twentieth is a score whose musical language is totally different and offers a pleasing foretaste of Schubert. Using period instruments, Kemp English is once again an enthusiastic champion… Reliable sound quality. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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