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Joseph Martin Kraus: Miserere; Requiem; Stella Coeli / Michael Schneider, et al

Album Summary

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Miserere VB in C minor
>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Requiem, for 4 voices, chorus, 2 horns, strings & continuo in D minor, Vb. 1
>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Stella coeli, for 4 voices, chorus, 2 horns, 2 flutes, strings, organ & continuo in C major, Vb. 10
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Joseph Martin Kraus was born in the same year as Mozart and died only one year after him; like him, he was also a musician who revealed his extraordinary talent at an early age. In their originality his sacred compositions tower above the conventional liturgical repertoire produced in Southern Germany during the second half of the eighteenth century. He focused his energies on the full exploitation of tone-color resources. In his Miserere he skillfully endows the narrative sequence of verses with a dramaturgy animated by the alternation of instrumental groupings and compositional styles.

"During my ten years spent running the classical department of a major record store, I made few more exciting discoveries than the music of Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-92), thanks mainly to Naxos's excellent recordings of his wonderful symphonies and chamber music. I was thus overjoyed when I unpacked this most excellent recording of his sacred choral compositions...One could hardly ask more of the performers. The 16-voice choir delivers rich, technically impeccable, and expressive singing. The soloists are all up to the task and more. The orchestra - a seasoned "period" ensemble - sounds terrific...CPO has vibrant sound, and the booklet has everything you need." - American Record Guide



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>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Miserere VB in C minor
  • Performers: Annemei Blessing-Leyhausen (Bass); Julian Prégardien (Voice); Ekkehard Abele (Bass); Carmen Schüller (Alto)
  • Conductor: Michael Schneider
  • Ensemble: La Stagione Orchestra (Frankfurt)
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (04/19/2008-04/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1773

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Requiem, for 4 voices, chorus, 2 horns, strings & continuo in D minor, Vb. 1
  • Performers: Annemei Blessing-Leyhausen (Bass); Ekkehard Abele (Bass)
  • Conductor: Michael Schneider
  • Ensemble: La Stagione Orchestra (Frankfurt)
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (04/19/2008-04/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1775

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Stella coeli, for 4 voices, chorus, 2 horns, 2 flutes, strings, organ & continuo in C major, Vb. 10
  • Performers: Annemei Blessing-Leyhausen (Tenor); Julian Prégardien (Voice)
  • Conductor: Michael Schneider
  • Ensemble: La Stagione Orchestra (Frankfurt)
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (04/19/2008-04/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783