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KRAUS: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Olympie Overture/Azire (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/ Takako Nishizaki/ Tim Handley/ Uwe Grodd) (Naxos: 8.570334)

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Joseph Martin Kraus was one of the most gifted and unusual composers of the eighteenth century, whose talent for thematic development, colourful orchestration and theatrical flair caused Haydn to proclaim him one of only two 'geniuses' he knew (Mozart being the other one). It is known that Kraus played keyboard instruments with a fair degree of proficiency, but his training was first and foremost as a violinist. His 'Violin Concerto in C major' is a monumental three-movement work that is similar in format, structure and length to large-scale virtuoso works by Cramer and Viotti. The incidental music for Johan Henrik Kellgren's tragedy 'Olympie' consists of a powerful 'Sturm und Drang' overture, an off-stage march, four entr'actes and an epilogue. The final work included here represents virtually the only portions that have survived from Kraus's early 1779 Swedish opera 'Azire'. They are fragments with a joyous mood, making it all the more a pity that Kraus's first dramatic work for the stage has been lost. Takako Nishizaki and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's collaboration on Naxos 8.557348 were praised by 'Classics Today' for \excellent performances...with plentiful passages of bravura for the soloist which are thrown off with aplomb.""
Item number 8570334
Barcode 747313033478
Release date 29/10/2007
Category Orchestral | Classical Music
Label Naxos Classics | Naxos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Artists Nishizaki, Takako
Composers Kraus, Joseph Martin
Conductors Grodd, Uwe
Orchestras New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Producers Handley, Tim
Disc: 1
Violin Concerto in C major
1 I. Allegro moderato
2 II. Adagio
3 III. Rondo
Olympie: Incidental Music
4 Overture
5 Marcia
6 Entr'acte between Act I and II
7 Entr'acte between Act II and III
8 Entr'acte between Act III and IV
9 Entr'acte between Act IV and V
10 Postlude
Azire: Ballet Music
11 No. 22. Ballet
12 No. 23. Ballet
13 No. 26. Ballet
14 No. 25. Ballet
15 No. 24. Ballet
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