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KRAUS, J.M.: Primavera (La) / La Gelosia / La Scusa / La Pesca / Olympie (Kermes, L'Arte del mondo, Ehrhardt)

Composer(s):Kraus, Joseph Martin
Artist(s) Ehrhardt, Werner, Conductor • Arte del mondo, L'Kermes, Simone, soprano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category OrchestralVocal
Catalogue Phoenix101
Label Phoenix Edition
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Giv Confield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,September 2008

The four short secular cantatas recorded here were designated by the composer to be sung 'per una primadonna' - placing as they do severe operatic demands on the soprano. As an exact contemporary, Kraus' style is quite similar to Mozart's, but without that unique, bittersweet quality that distinguishes genius from the merely competent. It would take a voice like Joan Sutherland's to easily float up to the stratospheric heights of these arias, but Ms. Kermes, in spite of a flawless technique, does not possess such a voice. She shrieks, and therein lies the rub. The cantatas are interspersed with movements from Kraus' setting of Voltaire's 'Olympie', and the lot presented as a world premiere recording. It would have been nice to have the entire 'Olympie'.


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