'... the music is vibrant, insistent, and as urgently thrusting
as the celebrated "Sturm und Drang" start
to the early G minor Symphony ... by Mozart ...'
The symphonies of Joseph Martin Kraus -
with RODERIC DUNNETT
The recorded sound on this Kraus series may be a little less high quality
than it could be, but it's certainly atmospheric. By the time the C sharp
minor Sinfonia's opening andante cedes to allegro, these Swedish
players get into full stride, and the music is vibrant, insistent, and as
urgently thrusting as the celebrated Sturm und Drang start to the
early G minor Symphony, K183, by Kraus's almost exact contemporary, Mozart,
which so terrifyingly launches the film Amadeus. The same applies
in slow vein to the doomladen drumming opening of Kraus's C minor Symphony
: Don Giovanni embraces the funereal grandeur of Berlioz's Symphonie
Funèbre et Triomphale.
The Swedish players bring equally atmospheric playing to the slow sections
: the sudden pianissimo three minutes into the C sharp minor's slow movement
is a breathtaking moment, and the lower strings in the chorale and
larghetto of the C minor deliver likewise a searingly beautiful sound.
Kraus's scoring -- with some striking use of horns, for instance, in the
former -- is simple but effective.
Copyright © 18 February 2001
Roderic Dunnett, Coventry, UK
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