Robert Kohnen

Biography

Born: 1923; St. Vith  
Robert Kohnen has generally been regarded among the most prominent European keyboard players of Baroque chamber music from the latter half of the twentieth century. He is primarily a harpsichordist, but has also played organ and piano in concert. Kohnen has appeared fairly regularly as a soloist, but is better known as the keyboard player in three chamber groups: the Alarius Ensemble, the Kuijken Quartet, and the Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles. As Read more for repertory, Kohnen has probably been most closely associated with the music of J.S. Bach, Telemann, and Couperin. He has racked up a sizable discography in the works of all three of these icons, but has also made numerous recordings of compositions by Boismortier, Corelli, Handel, Leclair, Vivaldi, and others. Despite his seemingly conservative tastes, Kohnen has also contributed to the advancement of contemporary music: as a member of the aforementioned Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, Kohnen regularly performed avant-garde works, as this was the specialty of this adventurous group. Kohnen's considerable discography is available on a range of labels, including Accent, Sony Classical, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Arts Music, and EuroArts.

Robert Kohnen was born in 1932 in St. Vith, Belgium. He studied organ and piano at the Lemmens Institute in Malines, Belgium and at the Brussels Conservatory. Kohnen took up the harpsichord on his own, becoming largely self-taught on the instrument.

Kohnen was among the founding members of the Alarius Ensemble in 1954, a group largely devoted to the performance of Baroque music. Alarius disbanded in 1972, but meanwhile Kohnen had also joined the Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles for an 11-year stint (1960-1971), a group for which he played piano, organ, and harpsichord.

From the 1960s Kohnen also played in the Kuijken Quartet with the renowned Kuijken brothers (Sigiswald, Wieland, and Barthold). Kohnen regularly appeared on recordings during the 1960s and '70s, mostly with the Kuijken Quartet, but also with the Alarius Ensemble, with whom he made a notable recording of Couperin's Les Nations (now available on the Lanui label).

In 1980 Kohnen was engaged by the Belgian government to go on tour in the U.S. and Canada as part of the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Belgian independence. Kohnen had served on the faculty as professor of harpsichord at the Brussels Conservatory for many years, but retired in 1997. Thereafter he regularly conducted master classes and remained active as a concert keyboard player. Read less

Biography

Born: 1923; St. Vith  
Robert Kohnen has generally been regarded among the most prominent European keyboard players of Baroque chamber music from the latter half of the twentieth century. He is primarily a harpsichordist, but has also played organ and piano in concert. Kohnen has appeared fairly regularly as a soloist, but is better known as the keyboard player in three chamber groups: the Alarius Ensemble, the Kuijken Quartet, and the Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles. As Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Grave
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Bourree
V. Menuetto
I. Largo
II. Vivace
III. Presto
IV. Adagio
V. Alla breve
VI. Andante
VII. A tempo di menuetto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Grave
IV. Minuet
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Larghetto
II. Andante
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
V. Presto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. A tempo guisto
I. Larghetto
II. Alla breve
III. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro assai
III. Grave
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV: Allegro
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Affetuoso
IV. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Presto
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Prelude: Largo
II. Allemande: Andante
III. Sarabande: Largo
IV. Gigue: Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Vivace
III. Grave
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Vivace
III. Cortesemente
IV. Vivace
I. Grave
II. Vivace
III. Cunando
IV. Vivace
I. Andante
II. Presto
III. Con tenerezza
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Ondeggiando
IV. Allegro
I. Cantabile
II. Vivace
III. Mesto
IV. Spirituoso
V. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Presto
IV. Dolce
V. Vivace
I. Prelude
II. Allemande
III. Sarabande
IV. Gavotte
V. Gigue
VI. Menuet en Trio
I. Allemande
II. Courante
III. Sarabande
IV. Aria
V. Gigue
VI. Menuet
I. Allegro moderato
II. Menuet
III. Finale: Presto
I. Moderato
II. Adagio
III. Tempo di menuet
I. Moderato
II. Tempo di menuet
I. Grave - Presto - Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Prestissimo
I. Grave
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Presto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. A tempo guisto
I. Larghetto
II. Alla breve
III. Allegro
Ricercar a 3 voci (Harpsichord)
Canon perpetuus (Flute, Violin, Continuo)
Canon a 2 (Harpsichord)
Canon a 2 (Two Violins, Continuo)
Canon a 2, per motum contrarium (Transverse flute, Harpsichord)
Canon a 2, per augmentationem, contrario motu (Two Violins, Bass Viol)
Canon a 2, per tonos (Violin, Harpsichord)
Fuga canonica (Violin, Harpsichord)
Ricercar a 6 (Harpsichord)
Canon a 2, Quaerendo invenietis, (Harpsichord)
Canon a 4 (Two Harpsichords)
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegro
Canon perpetuus, contrario motu (Transverse flute, Violin, Continuo)


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