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KRAUS: Violin Concerto / Olympie / Azire

Composer(s):Kraus, Joseph Martin
Artist(s) Grodd, Uwe, Conductor • New Zealand Symphony OrchestraNishizaki, Takako, violin
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570334
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Joseph Martin Kraus was one of the most gifted and unusual composers of the eighteenth century, whose talent for thematic development, colourful orchestration and theatrical flair caused Haydn to proclaim him one of only two ‘geniuses’ he knew (Mozart being the other one). It is known that Kraus played keyboard instruments with a fair degree of proficiency, but his training was first and foremost as a violinist. His Violin Concerto in C major is a monumental three-movement work that is similar in format, structure and length to large-scale virtuoso works by Cramer and Viotti. The incidental music for Johan Henrik Kellgren’s tragedy Olympie consists of a powerful Sturm und Drang overture, an off-stage march, four entr’actes and an



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The lively invention we know from the ‘Swedish Mozart’s’ symphonies is found in this substantial 30-minute Violin Concerto. Classically elegant it may be, but it also contains passages of virtuosic brilliance. The slow movement (strings alone) has much relaxed charm, as has the rondo-finale. The Olympie incidental music is rather darker, as befits the rather grim story. It consists of a rather Sturm und Drang overture, a march, and four Entr’actes and a Postlude which is rather beautiful. The five short numbers form Kraus’s 1779 Swedish opera Azire are all that survive from the work, and delightful they are too. Decent performances and sound.



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