Joseph Martin Kraus (5CD)

Capriccio
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Joseph Martin Kraus, also known as the Swedish Mozart, has for many years been a shadowy figure in music history. Gluck and even Joseph Haydn saw “a real genius” in his virtuosic works that carried the stamp of early Romanticism. They were not mistaken. His position as composer at the Swedish court under Gustav III made it possible to enjoy a fixed income and unfettered creativity. This collection gives us an overall musical impression of his compositions in all genres: from the incidental music to Amphitryon to the virtuosic Italian cantatas, his dozen symphonies, and the early string quartets.

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Tracklisting:

CD1 AMPHITRYON

Schauspielmusik / Incidental Music

 

CD2 KANTATEN / CANTATAS:

“Olympie” VB 33 · “La Scusa” VB 43
“La Primavera” VB 47 · “La Gelosia” VB 46
“La Pesca” VB 44

 

CD3 SINFONIEN / SYMPHONIES I:

“Sinfonia da chiesa” in D major
Symphony in C sharp minor
Symphony in C major
“Sinfonia funébre” in C minor

 

CD4 SINFONIEN / SYMPHONIES II:

Symphony in C minor · Symphony in E flat major
Symphony in C major · Symphony in D major

 

CD5 KAMMERMUSIK / CHAMBER MUSIC:

Flute Quintet in D major
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 1 No. 3
String Quartet in D major, Op. 1 No. 4

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The Classical Music Collector

"Newly released, this box set serves as an excellent introduction to a hitherto little-known composer who has been given the nickname of the Swedish Mozart. Born a German in 1756, Joseph Martin Kraus moved to Stockholm in his early twenties and remained there for the rest of his life as Kapellmeister for King Gustav III. His music is predominantly for the stage or the church, although he is notable for a chamber work, the revolutionary Flute Quintet. Kraus was clearly a highly talented composer, writing for both Catholic and Lutheran services, and he also produced many orchestral and instrumental works including two outstanding concertos for viola, that impressed all who heard them. The 5 CDs of the box include several symphonies—in particular the unusual C sharp Minor Symphony, so hard to perform that he later reworked it into C minor—the Flute Quintet, and a couple of string quartets. The remainder of the duration is given over to Kraus’ theatre works, arguably his most successful domain, and several excerpts from his incidental music for Voltaire’s Olympie. His musical language is remarkably expressive, with much dramatic contrast; consequently, he is considered a pioneer of early romanticism. Haydn called him “a real genius”. We must be grateful to the Capriccio label for making his music more easily accessible." - Chris Dench