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Kenneth Leighton music for Violin and Piano

Winner of Gramophone critic Peter Dickinson personal best for 2014, this recording offers an opportunity to hear the premiere recording of these neglected masterpieces. Discover a new sound world of duo writing for violin and piano.

The skilfully crafted music explores new sonorities for the instruments, varying from the opaque and impenetrable, to transparent moments of celestial calm.

Kenneth Leighton was born in Wakefield in 1929. He was educated at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, during which time he was a chorister at Wakefield Cathedral. In addition to singing, he was a prodigious pianist, gaining his Licentiate of the Royal College of Music at the age of fifteen. In 1947 he attended The Queen’s College, Oxford on a Hastings Scholarship in Classics. During this time he also continued his music studies with the composer Bernard Rose. In 1951 he graduated with both a BA in Classics and a BMus. In the same year he also won the Mendelssohn Scholarship and following this studied in Rome with Goffredo Petrassi.


Arabella Teniswood-Harvey

Born in Tasmania, Arabella Teniswood-Harvey studied piano in Melbourne where, in 1999, she was one of the few elite young Australian musicians awarded full scholarship for the prestigious Australian National Academy of Music’s inaugural Advanced Performance Program.

Edwin Paling

Edwin was born in Nottingham, England. After studying violin with Sidney Griller at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Edwin began his professional career playing with the Orchestra of the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden (London), the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Sub-Principal First Violin), then the BBC Midland Light Orchestra (Deputy Leader).

Press quotes

“Both musicians are similarly masterful in their ability to range freely through the full scope of volume and intensity available to them, while interacting with their musical partner who is busy doing the same thing. Paling is a long-established English violinist, while Teniswood-Harvey is busy keeping the flag flying high for Tasmania, and their selection to present of the work of this underrated composer is a credit to Move [Records].” ★★★★★

— Phil Vendy, 2MBS Fine Music Magazine

“Teniswood-Harvey articulates Leighton's often unexpected rhythms vividly, but turns cushioning and whetting the violin's chromatic blade. Paling finds some rich and blackened shades for the low register of 'Metamorphoses' and the modernist sights cape of 'Nocturne'”

— Alexandra Coghlan, Gramophone Magazine

Audio previews

Track Listing

    Sonata No. 1 (1949) Kenneth Leighton

  1. Allegro molto appassionato 5:05
  2. Lento e liberamente 6:23
  3. Presto energico 6:49
  4. Nocturne (1959) Kenneth Leighton 6:26
  5. Sonata No. 2 (1953) Kenneth Leighton

  6. Moderato petetico 7:13
  7. Passacaglia - Lento 7:35
  8. Allegro molto e ritmico 5:22
  9. Metamorphoses (1966) Kenneth Leighton 23:17


Where to buy

Kenneth Leighton music for Violin and Piano is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Kenneth Leighton music for Violin and Piano is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
68 minutes 10 seconds
Release date
January 2013
© 2013 Move Records
℗ 2013 Move Records
Catalogue number
MD 3358
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574335828