LEOPOLD KOZELUCH (1747-1818): Piano Concertos No. 1 in F, No. 4 in A & No. 5 in E Flat.
Catalogue Number: 06I042
Label: Oehms Classics
Reference: OC 588
Description: World premiere recordings of three concertos which get as close to Mozart as those of Tomasek which we offered some months back. Kozeluch wrote 23 piano concertos beginning in 1784, so he is working at the first high point for the genre. Full-length (the disc lasts 80 minutes), in classical sonata-form first movements, song-like slow movements (one adagio, one variation, one andantino), and with rondo finales, they compare with Mozart's earlier concertos and are more involved than most of Haydn's. If this disc is the last thing you play before retiring, a Kozleuch rondo theme will stay with you until unconsciousness or maybe beyond. Tomas Dratva (piano), Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina; Oliver von Dohnanyi.