Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina

In 1792, at the height of the Viennese Classic, Leopold Koželuch took over Mozart’s position as chamber composer to the emperor. He wrote primarily for the “fortepiano”: 23 piano concertos, 55 piano sonatas and 65 piano trios. On this CD, Swiss pianist Tomas Dratva presents three of Koželuch’s earliest piano concertos, written in 1784 and 1785. In 2002, Dratva came across numer-ous original documents of Koželuch’s piano concertos. Supported by composer and musicologist Vladimír Godár, he reconstructed the performance material for the three works presented here. In December 2004, he performed them with the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina in a concert series – the first time in 200 years that they had been heard. All solo cadenzas were composed by Tomas Dratva.