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Joseph Martin Kraus: Symphonies in C Major & C sharp minor; Violin Concerto / Kalló Zsolt, violin; Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria

Album Summary

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Symphony in C major ("Violin Obligato"), Vb. 138
>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Concerto for Violin & orchestra in C, VB 151
>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Symphony in C sharp minor, Vb. 140
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792) is often referred to as the "Swedish Mozart" by popular literature. His style was influenced by the Sturm und Drang movement that he got acquainted with in his early years; the dramatic contrast and passion characterising his music can be attributed to this inspiration. Although he is considered to be a composer of stage music, he also composed a large number of instrumental pieces especially for orchestra and chamber orchestra.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bartók Concert Hall, Szombathely, Hungary (09/21/2013-09/23/2013).



Reviews

Fine works from the Swedish Mozart
Joseph Martin Kraus is often called the Swedish Mozart, and with good reason. He was an exact contemporary of Mozart's and was considered by Haydn to be his near-equal as a composer. The German-born Kraus spent virtually all of his professional life in the service of Gustav II of Sweden, while remaing up-to-date on musical trends.

This new recording features two symphonies from the early 1780's, and a violin concerto from 1777. The Symphony in C major, VB138 is a three-movement chamber symphony, with a charming simplicity of melody that indeed recalls Mozart. By contrast, the Symphony in C-sharp minor, VB140 is a roiling work, reflecting the Strum und Drang aesthetic of Haydn. The choice of key also aids in the intensity of the emotion.

The violin concerto shares similarities to the early concertos of Mozart. By comparison, the violin part is a little understated, but still it's an attractive work. Zsolt Kallo performs with a rich, warm sound, taking full advantage of his gut-stringed violin.

The Capella Savaria is a period instrument ensemble, but under Nicholas McGegan's direction it doesn't really sound like one. Perhaps it's because the music is so well-matched to the ensemble, or maybe it's because Kraus uses wind instruments so sparingly (and no percussion at all). Whatever the reason, the Capella Savaria has a real presence and vitality that makes these great performances, not just great early music performances.

Submitted on 12/09/14 by RGraves321 
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>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Symphony in C major ("Violin Obligato"), Vb. 138
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Capella Savaria
  • Notes: Bartók Concert Hall, Szombathely, Hungary (09/21/2013-09/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Concerto for Violin & orchestra in C, VB 151
  • Performer: Zsolt Kalló (Violin)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Capella Savaria
  • Notes: Bartók Concert Hall, Szombathely, Hungary (09/21/2013-09/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Symphony in C sharp minor, Vb. 140
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Capella Savaria
  • Notes: Bartók Concert Hall, Szombathely, Hungary (09/21/2013-09/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral