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Joseph Martin Kraus: String Quartets / Salagon Quartet

Album Summary

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Quartet for Strings no 2 in B major, VB 181/Op. 1, no 2
>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Quartet for Strings in C minor, VB 179
>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Quartet for Strings in E major, VB 180e
>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Quartet for Strings no 6 in G major, VB 187/Op. 1, no 6
>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Quartets (6) for Strings
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"We are finally developing a greater appreciation for Kraus's musical genius. All ten surviving quartets were written by 1784, when the last six were published as a group as his Opus 1. Only one of these is in four movements, and at least one of his earlier quartets has only two movements. (That is one of the two listed here as first recordings.) The notes compare this set of quartets with Haydn's Opus 33, generally considered to be the first set of mature quartets. The writing is indeed magical. In Op. 1:3 the finale uses the opening bars played in reverse to close the movement. In this same quartet the same movement has a short section reminiscent of Schubert's style of writing. In short, with half of Kraus's string quartets, this gives a good cross section of his works in this form, and they are well worth knowing. The performances are finely polished and very well recorded. The Salagon Quartet, which was established by four experienced chamber musicians two years ago, uses the appropriate period instruments brilliantly. Excellent notes are supplied." -ARG



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Works Details

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Quartet for Strings no 2 in B major, VB 181/Op. 1, no 2
  • Performers: Christine Busch (Violin); Claudia Hofert (Viola); Gesine Queyras (Cello); Kathrin Tröger (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Salagon Quartett
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: by 1784
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Quartet for Strings in C minor, VB 179
  • Performers: Christine Busch (Violin); Claudia Hofert (Viola); Gesine Queyras (Cello); Kathrin Tröger (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Salagon Quartett
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: by 1784
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Quartet for Strings in E major, VB 180e
  • Performers: Christine Busch (Violin); Claudia Hofert (Viola); Gesine Queyras (Cello); Kathrin Tröger (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Salagon Quartett
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: by 1784
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Quartet for Strings no 6 in G major, VB 187/Op. 1, no 6
  • Performers: Christine Busch (Violin); Claudia Hofert (Viola); Gesine Queyras (Cello); Kathrin Tröger (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Salagon Quartett
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: by 1784
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Quartets (6) for Strings :: no 3 in G minor
  • Performers: Christine Busch (Violin); Claudia Hofert (Viola); Gesine Queyras (Cello); Kathrin Tröger (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Salagon Quartett
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: by 1784
  • Studio/Live: Studio