Josef Martin Kraus: Violin Concerto; Olympie; Azire

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Thanks to Naxos, the music of Joseph Martin Kraus continues to receive its moment in the sun. Though the early digital age saw several excellent recordings issued by various Swedish labels, Naxos has contributed more to the Kraus discography than all other labels put together. This superb 2007 disc contains three world-premiere recordings by the great German-Swedish near contemporary of Mozart: his "Violin Concerto in C major," excerpts from his incidental music for the tragedy "Olympie," and five brief dance movements from his early and now lost opera "Azire." There is much to enjoy in "Azire"'s graceful ballets and "Olympie"'s Sturm und Drang-tinged Overture, but the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Thanks to Naxos, the music of Joseph Martin Kraus continues to receive its moment in the sun. Though the early digital age saw several excellent recordings issued by various Swedish labels, Naxos has contributed more to the Kraus discography than all other labels put together. This superb 2007 disc contains three world-premiere recordings by the great German-Swedish near contemporary of Mozart: his "Violin Concerto in C major," excerpts from his incidental music for the tragedy "Olympie," and five brief dance movements from his early and now lost opera "Azire." There is much to enjoy in "Azire"'s graceful ballets and "Olympie"'s Sturm und Drang-tinged Overture, but the real find is the large-scale "Violin Concerto." With superlatively wrought virtuoso solo writing, first-rate orchestration, and a strong grasp of his lyrical talents, Kraus shows himself to be as skillful and as individualistic in composing concertos as he was in composing symphonies, string quartets and operas. Violinist Takako Nishizaki proves equal to the work's expansive tunes and up to its virtuoso requirements. Uwe Grodd leads the New Zealand Symphony in a poised and alert accompaniment for Nishizaki in the concerto and delightful readings of the "Olympie" and "Azire" music. Recorded in Town Hall, Wellington, New Zealand, in 2006, Naxos' sound is cool, clear, and detailed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2007
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313033478
  • Catalog Number: 8570334
  • Sales rank: 151,502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Concerto for violin & orchestra in C, VB 151 - Joseph Martin Kraus & Elias Martin (30:10)
  2. 4–10 Olympia, Incidental music, VB 33 - Joseph Martin Kraus & Elias Martin (20:58)
  3. 5 Azire, ballet music, VB 18: No. 22 - Joseph Martin Kraus & Elias Martin (1:28)
  4. 6 Azire, ballet music, VB 18: No. 23 - Joseph Martin Kraus & Elias Martin (1:28)
  5. 7 Azire, ballet music, VB 18: No. 26 - Joseph Martin Kraus & Elias Martin (1:38)
  6. 8 Azire, ballet music, VB 18: No. 25 - Joseph Martin Kraus & Elias Martin (1:34)
  7. 9 Azire, ballet music, VB 18: No. 24 - Joseph Martin Kraus & Elias Martin (1:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Takako Nishizaki Primary Artist
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