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Works by Joseph Martin Kraus
By Chantal Santon, Concerto Koln, Georg Poplutz, L'Arte del Mondo, Martin Sandhoff, Schuppanzigh Quartett, and Simone Kermes. By Various. Classical, Classical Era. Classical. CD. Capriccio #C7325. Published by Capriccio (NX.C7325).
Item Number: NX.C7325
Conducted by Werner Ehrhardt.
Joseph Martin Kraus, also named as the Swedish Mozart, has been many years a shadowy existence in music history. Gluck and even Joseph Haydn saw a real genius in his virtuosic and nearly early-romantic works. His position as composer at the Swedish court under Gustav III made it possible to have a fixed income and a blithe creativity. This new release gives us an overall musical impression of his compositions in all genres: Beginning with the incidental music to Amphitryon, the high virtuosic Italian Cantatas, his Symphonies from different life periods, till the early String Quartets- it is clear that Gluck and Haydn were not mistaken in their assessment of his skill and prowess.