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Stefan Parkman, Drottningholms Barockensemble - Joseph Martin Kraus: Funeral Music for Gustav III (1988)

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Stefan Parkman, Drottningholms Barockensemble - Joseph Martin Kraus: Funeral Music for Gustav III  (1988)

Stefan Parkman, Drottningholms Barockensemble - Joseph Martin Kraus: Funeral Music for Gustav III (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 256 Mb | Total time: 64:49 | Scans included
Classical | Musica Sveciae | # MSCD 416 | Recorded: 1987

Kraus' last and greatest works, the Symphonie funebre and Funeral Cantata for Gustav III, are fully able to stand with the best works in the forms of the period, as great as the late symphonies of Haydn and Mozart and, yes, even as great as the Requiem of Mozart. Written under the overwhelming personal and national tragedy of the assassination of the King of Sweden then at the peak of its cultural and national greatness, Kraus' funeral music is numb with shock and wild with grief, but always completely controlled, masterfully balanced, and profoundly moving. If there are only two works you ever listen to by Kraus, let them be these two works.

Jaap Schröder, Nils-Erik Sparf, Kari Ottesen, Lucia Negro - Joseph Martin Kraus: Kammarmusik (1992)

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Jaap Schröder, Nils-Erik Sparf, Kari Ottesen, Lucia Negro - Joseph Martin Kraus: Kammarmusik (1992)

Jaap Schröder, Nils-Erik Sparf, Kari Ottesen, Lucia Negro - Joseph Martin Kraus: Kammarmusik (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 385 Mb | Total time: 78:09 | Scans included
Classical | Musica Sveciae | # MSCD 415 | Recorded: 1990, 1991

Joseph Martin Kraus was born on 20 June 1756 in the German town of Miltenberg am Main, and died in Stockholm on 15 December 1792. Attended secondary school in Mannheim from 1768 to 1772, followed by university studies in Mainz, Erfurt and Göttingen from 1773−76. In 1778 he travelled to Stockholm, where he became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 1780, and a year later the second conductor of the Royal Court Orchestra at the Royal Opera. In 1782 Gustav III dispatched him on a four-year tour of Europe. In 1788 he was made director of the educational institution of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and chief conductor of the Royal Court Orchestra. Kraus is the most prominent figure in Gustavian music and was responsible for seminal works of opera, orchestral music and chamber music.

Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Joseph Martin Kraus: Symphonies; Violin Concerto (2014)

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Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Joseph Martin Kraus: Symphonies; Violin Concerto (2014)

Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Joseph Martin Kraus: Symphonies; Violin Concerto (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 284 Mb | Total time: 58:25 | Scans included
Classical | Hungaraton | # HCD32733 | Recorded: 2013

Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792) is often referred to as the Swedish Mozart by popular literature. His style was influenced by the Sturm und Drang movement that he got acquainted with in his early years; the dramatic contrast and passion characterising his music can be attributed to this inspiration. Although he is considered to be a composer of stage music, he also composed a large number of instrumental pieces especially for orchestra and chamber orchestra.

Salagon Quartet - Joseph Martin Kraus: String Quartets (2006)

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Salagon Quartet - Joseph Martin Kraus: String Quartets (2006)

Salagon Quartet - Joseph Martin Kraus: String Quartets (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 339 Mb | Total time: 69:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.194 | Recorded: 2005

Joseph Martin Kraus has made one of the most impressive comebacks of any composer belonging to an age as distant as his is to the twenty-first century. Though two centuries would pass between his death in 1792 and the eventual revival of his music, within the space of roughly a decade Kraus' 200 or so surviving compositions have practically all been recorded. Carus Verlag in Stuttgart is publishing a critical edition of Kraus' chamber music that does not involve the piano, and in connection with that publication, the newly minted Salagon Quartett has recorded five of Kraus' 10 string quartets for Carus Verlag's in-house label. Six of Kraus' quartets appeared in an early print as his Opus 1 and four others exist in manuscript; in 1992, the Joseph Martin Kraus String Quartet was founded out of the ranks of Concerto Köln to record them all for Cavalli Records.

Michael Schneider, Deutscher Kammerchor, La Stagione Frankfurt - Kraus: Miserere, Requiem, Stella Coeli (2009)

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Michael Schneider, Deutscher Kammerchor, La Stagione Frankfurt - Kraus: Miserere, Requiem, Stella Coeli (2009)

Michael Schneider, Deutscher Kammerchor, La Stagione Frankfurt - Kraus: Miserere, Requiem, Stella Coeli (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 61:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 409-2 | Recorded: 2008

Joseph Martin Kraus was born in the same year as Mozart and died only one year after him; like him, he was also a musician who revealed his extraordinary talent at an early age. It is only in recent years, however, that Kraus has again begun to receive somewhat more attention as a multitalented artistic personality. Born in Miltenberg am Main, Kraus enjoyed a career that took him to Stockholm as court music director to the music-loving King Gustavus III. In their originality his sacred compositions tower above the conventional liturgical repertoire produced in Southern Germany during the second half of the eighteenth century.

Joseph Martin Kraus: Amphitryon · Cantatas · Symphonies · Chamber Music [5CDs] (2019)

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Joseph Martin Kraus: Amphitryon · Cantatas · Symphonies · Chamber Music [5CDs] (2019)

Joseph Martin Kraus: Amphitryon · Cantatas · Symphonies · Chamber Music [5CDs] (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.44 Gb | Total time: 5 hours 54 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | C7325 | Recorded: 1990-2007

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 virtuose and nearly early-romantic works. His position as composer at the swedish court under Gustav III. made it possible to have a fix income and a blithe creativity. This CD-Set gives us an overall musical impression about his compositions in all genres: Beginning with the incidental music to Amphitryon, the high virtuos Italian Cantatas, his Symphonies from different life periods, till the early String Quartets- Gluck and Haydn have not been mistaken.

Petter Sundkvist, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Kraus: Symphonies Vol.4 (2002)

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Petter Sundkvist, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Kraus: Symphonies Vol.4 (2002)

Petter Sundkvist, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Kraus: Symphonies Vol.4 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 269 Mb | Total time: 58:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | 8.555305 | Recorded: 2000

The playing and leadership are exceptional in every quarter. Petter Sundkvist never misses a trick when it comes to coaxing the right color at the appropriate moment and unerringly shaping the melodic contours of Kraus's scores. The performances brim with energy and commitment that would undoubtedly elude others who might attempt to tread here. Commended by energy, elegance, and charm, and crowned by a clear and bright aural perspective, this recording and its precursors are "must haves" for any lover of the Classical era.

Petter Sundkvist, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Kraus: Symphonies Vol.3 (2000)

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Petter Sundkvist, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Kraus: Symphonies Vol.3 (2000)

Petter Sundkvist, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Kraus: Symphonies Vol.3 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 292 Mb | Total time: 63:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | 8.554777 | Recorded: 1999

The first volume of the Naxos Kraus cycle was honored in 1999 with the prestigious Cannes Classical Award, edging out puissant competition from the major recording companies as well as other independent labels. Owning and having heard that release and this disc's other sibling. I can easily see why. In this release as in the others, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, guided by Petter Sundkvist's intuitive sense of line and pacing, is focused, accurate, and committed, resulting in emotionally charged readings, driven by burning passion. These sterling performances further unmask a composer whose musical thought and execution of it are clearly on a par with those of his better-known contemporaries.

Petter Sundkvist, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Kraus: Symphonies Vol.2 (1999)

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Petter Sundkvist, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Kraus: Symphonies Vol.2 (1999)

Petter Sundkvist, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Kraus: Symphonies Vol.2 (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 330 Mb | Total time: 72:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | 8.554472 | Recorded: 1998

German by birth and trained in Mannheim by Franz Xaver Richter, Joseph Martin Kraus is often referred to as the ‘Swedish Mozart’ both on the grounds of his undoubted musical genius and his employment at the brilliant court of Gustav III in Stockholm. Kraus’s career as a composer was relatively brief - probably little more than 15 years - but his mature works have a complexity expressive intensity which is quite unique. His death in 1792, like that of Mozart’s the previous year, must be accounted one of the great musical tragedies of the period.

Petter Sundkvist, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Kraus: Olympie Overture, Symphonies, Vol. 1 (1997)

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Petter Sundkvist, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Kraus: Olympie Overture, Symphonies, Vol. 1 (1997)

Petter Sundkvist, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Kraus: Olympie Overture, Symphonies, Vol. 1 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 290 Mb | Total time: 62:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.553734 | Recorded: 1996

Twelve symphonies by Kraus have been preserved. Many more are mentioned in letters and notes by Kraus and others, but it is difficult to ascertain which of these have disappeared completely or which have perhaps been assimilated into works we know in some other form. Almost invariably his symphonies consist of three movements, without the traditional minuet. It is possible that Kraus found that its dance character did not suit the dignified style of his writing.

Simone Kermes, Werner Ehrhardt, L'Arte del Mondo - Joseph Martin Kraus: La Primavera (2008)

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Simone Kermes, Werner Ehrhardt, L'Arte del Mondo - Joseph Martin Kraus: La Primavera (2008)

Simone Kermes, Werner Ehrhardt, L'Arte del Mondo - Joseph Martin Kraus: La Primavera (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 449 Mb | Total time: 76:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Phoenix | # 101 | Recorded: 2007

That the four main works on this disc have never been recorded before is no reflection on the quality of the music or the composer. Joseph Martin Kraus, the German-born composer-contemporary of Mozart's working in Sweden, was all but forgotten after his death in 1792 and recordings of his works have been few and far between. And his four Italian cantatas on this disc were nearly completely forgotten after the death of the soprano they were written for in 1790.

Monica Groop, Aapo Hakkinen, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra - Kraus: Arias and Overtures (2014)

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Monica Groop, Aapo Hakkinen, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra - Kraus: Arias and Overtures (2014)

Monica Groop, Aapo Häkkinen, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra - Kraus: Arias and Overtures (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 279 Mb | Total time: 62:47 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.572865 | Recorded: 2013

Joseph Martin Kraus was one of the most talented and progressive composers of the 18th century, and regarded by Haydn as one of the only two geniuses he knew, alongside Mozart. Following the successful audition of his opera Proserpin, Kraus became closely associated with the court of Gustav III in Stockholm. The highly dramatic Begrafnings-kantat overture was the composer’s emotional response to the assassination of his sovereign. The vocal pieces include works performed for the first time in over two centuries, ranging from Italian concert arias to rare survivals from the Royal Dramatic Theatre.