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KRAUS, J.M.: Aeneas in Carthage - Overtures / Ballet Music / Marches (Sinfonia Finlandia, Gallois)

Composer(s):Kraus, Joseph Martin
Artist(s) Gallois, Patrick, Conductor • Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570585
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Joseph Martin Kraus was an innovative 18th Century composer, acclaimed by Haydn as one of the only two geniuses he knew (Mozart was the other). Small wonder that intense interest has been ignited by his forward-looking music, especially the epic six act opera (a prologue and five acts) Aeneas in Carthage, a retelling of the famous story of Dido and Aeneas. Originally intended for the inauguration of the new opera house in Stockholm, the première was delayed for ten years until 1791 allowing Kraus to refine his titanic score into a true magnum opus.


Review By Helmut Peters,Fono Forum,April 2010

8.570585_Fono Forum_042010_gr.pdf

Review By Robert R. Reilly,,March 2010

A new Naxos release (8.570585) provides the extensive incidental music from Kraus’s opera based on Virgil’s Aeneid, titled Aeneas in Carthage. One can imagine how monumental this six-act opera is, as this music by itself comprises 70 minutes of overtures, ballets, and marches, with marvelous depictions of an archery contest, hunting calls, a chase, and a storm. There are some good, solid chunks of music here, like the eight-minute Prologue and the ten-minute Chaconne from Act V, so things do not seem too episodic. In all, this is another excellent demonstration of Kraus’s lively imagination, and the performance by the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskkyla, under Patrick Gallois, brings it vividly to life.


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