Kraus: Amphitryon - Cantatas - Symphonies - Chambe

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Catalog: C7325

Ehrhardt, Werner; Concerto Köln; Poplutz, Georg; Bonn Chamber Choir; Kermes, Simone; Schuppanzigh-Quartett; L'arte del mondo; Santon, Chantal; Sandhoff, Martin

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.

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