Joseph Martin Kraus: Viola Concertos / David Aaron Carpenter, viola

Audio Samples

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Concerto for Viola in E flat major, VB 153c
>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Concerto for Viola in C major, VB 153b
>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Concerto for viola, cello & orchestra in G major, VB 153a

Album Summary

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Concerto for Viola in E flat major, VB 153c
>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Concerto for Viola in C major, VB 153b
>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Concerto for viola, cello & orchestra in G major, VB 153a
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"I dare to declare that Ondine/FG-Naxos has done a "cultural deed"... Not because it's the first-ever commercial recording of Kraus' viola concertos. Not because the featured works are pretty much the only known virtuoso viola concertos from the classical era. Not even because most of Kraus' works have been lost making any discovery an event in its own right. But because J. M. Kraus, died at age of thirty-six, was a highly qualified composer even by standards set by Haydn (who admired Kraus' talent) or Mozart, as evidenced by the music on this particular disc containing many innovative and unexpected musical passages, dramatic and lyrical... David Aaron Carpenter handles his viola magnificently given the utmost virtuosity that the concertos demand from the soloist. The interplay between him and Tapiola Sinfonietta make the album an enjoyable and elevating listening experience... Without doubt, a recommendable disc, and not only to academics and enthusiasts but to everybody interested in classic music in the true sense of the word. Plus, Ondine has succeeded with the sound." -Inner Audio

This World Première Recording features the first-ever commercial recording of three newly discovered, substantial viola concertos by German-born Swedish composer Joseph Martin Kraus (1756 - 1792). Kraus, one of the most innovative composers of his time, was equated by Haydn to W.A. Mozart as the only two geniuses he knew. The featured works are the only known concerts from the Classical Era to demand the utmost virtuosity from the viola soloist. Recipient of the 2011 Leonard Bernstein Award and the 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant, David Aaron Carpenter has emerged as one of the world's most promising young artists. Since making his debut in 2005 with The Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Christoph Eschenbach, David has performed with leading musicians and orchestras in the United States and Europe which include the Philharmonia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester, and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, David has collaborated with such renowned artists as Emanuel Ax, Sarah Chang, Leonidas Kavakos, Gidon Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma, Julian Rachlin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Yuja Wang. He is a regular guest artist at the Schleswig-Holstein and Verbier Music Festivals. In the words of David P. Stearns of The Philadelphia Inquirer, "If there's such a thing as an overnight-star violist, it's David Aaron Carpenter. (... ) Carpenter is in a league with the best." This release follows on the great success of David's earlier recordings, including the Elgar and Schnittke concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Christoph Eschenbach, which was given an 'Editor's Choice' accolade by Gramophone. One of the leading chamber orchestras internationally, the Tapiola Sinfonietta has made acclaimed recordings of Classical repertoire, including the Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with piano soloist Olli Mustonen.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
This is the first time I have heard David Aaron Carpenter, who is an excellent violist. Carpenter has had instruction from some of the best viola soloists in the world: Yuri Bashmet, Nobuko Imai, Roberto Diaz, and Pinchas Zukerman. He won First Prize in the Walter E Naumberg Viola Competition in 2006. He has the temperament of a soloist and draws a full, mellow tone from the "ex-Hamma" viola made by the Venetian violin maker Michele Deconet in 1766.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2013
Their Haydnesque scale and formal clarity suggest they're all early works. There's a passionately Strum und Drang quality to the bleak opening unisons, but Kraus was clearly a fine melodist; all three slow movements include touching lyrical passages, beautifully drawn out and shaped by Aaron Carpenter's solo viola.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
Carpenter is a sensitive and knowledgeable guide through these works, which he plays as if they've always been with him. Viola players will surely rejoice that their concerto repertoire now has three challenging and beautiful additions.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tapiola Hall, Espoo (11/07/2011-11/09/2011).



Reviews

Carpenter does it again!
David Aaron Carpenter has chops. Period. His viola playing is just simply marvelous, and in this disc of concertos by Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792) he shows that the viola does indeed deserve to be the featured instrument with orchestral accompaniment rather than being relegated to a supporting role in a symphony orchestra.

The first piece is a Concerto in E-flat Major for Viola and Orchestra, and it starts with some Mozartian sounding material…and though it isn’t Mozart, it is glorious just the same. The second movement consists of slower material, but exquisitely played by Mr. Carpenter, with the orchestra providing perfectly textured music as accompaniment. The third movement starts off with a strong toe-tapping rhythm and delightful guaranteed-to-put-a-smile-on-your-face performances from the soloist and the orchestra. Ahhhhhh…this is wonderful!

The second piece is also Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, this time in C Major and the first movement is fun, fun, fun. Mr. Carpenter’s Viola is playful and warm and frolicking. You can’t help but smile when listening to him play this movement. The second movement is slower, but sweetly played – I really wished this was a DVD so that I could watch him – it’s that good. And the 3rd movement is perfect, joyful and jaunty.

The last piece is a Concerto in G Major for Viola, Cello, and Orchestra, and again Mr. Carpenter’s wonderful tone is evident, as is the fact that the Tapiola Sinfonietta (under Janne Nisonen’s baton) is having a great time. This piece shines through and through.

This disc is fantastic from beginning to end. Very Highly Recommended!

Submitted on 08/06/12 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Concerto for Viola in E flat major, VB 153c
  • Performer: David Carpenter (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Tapiola Sinfonietta
  • Notes: Tapiola Hall, Espoo (11/07/2011-11/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: ?/?1770-??/1780

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Concerto for Viola in C major, VB 153b
  • Performer: David Carpenter (Viola)
  • Notes: Tapiola Hall, Espoo (11/07/2011-11/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: ?/?1770-??/1780

>Kraus, Joseph Martin : Concerto for viola, cello & orchestra in G major, VB 153a
  • Performers: David Carpenter (Viola); Riitta Pesola (Cello)
  • Notes: Tapiola Hall, Espoo (11/07/2011-11/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: ?/?1770-??/1780